A Western Australian strawberry grower has warned that the industry is facing losses of up to $80 million due to an outbreak of tomato potato psyllid.
Jamie Michael grows strawberries north of Perth and about half of his crop goes to interstate markets between June and November.
He said recently introduced import protocols in New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia for a range of crops, including strawberries, could cripple the WA industry if they are not relaxed.
The two states have extended biosecurity protocols for tomato potato psyllid (TPP) host material that were already in place for crops like potatoes to now include a broad range of WA-grown produce which they consider potential carriers.
Mr Michael said he was hoping the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) would be able to renegotiate the import protocols as part of the move to manage the pest.
"The new restrictions that have come into place have meant that fruit going into South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales now requires treatment which is quite an involved and arduous process," he said.