Plant Protection Districts

Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN)

Potato Protection Districts
Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) is a serious pest of potatoes world-wide which feeds on the roots of plants and can reduce yields by up to 90%. Because of PCN, host stock grown in Victoria are subject to stringent quarantine and/or regulatory procedures wherever it occurs. PCN can be a devastating pest of potatoes in temperate regions if not controlled.

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) has declared three districts under Victorian legislation in order to prevent the entry of PCN: the Portland Potato Protection District, the Otways Potato Protection District and recently, the Warragul Potato Protection District.

These measures have been undertaken at the request of local potato growers in order to protect the interests of the local industry and all sectors of the potato industry that trade with this district.

This proclamation aims to prevent the introduction of Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) which threatens local production. Portland potato growers supply valuable planting material throughout Australia. The Portland Potato Protection District is an example of biosecurity Victoria’s essential role in establishing pro-active biosecurity programs in partnership with industry.

These Biosecurity programs will ensure the continued development of market access opportunities for Victorian farmers.

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