Import Requirement 27 - (Chickpea Blight - Hosts and Vectors)


Prior to import, a ‘Notice of Intention to Import Plants or Plant Products into Tasmania’ must be submitted to the relevant Biosecurity Tasmania Operations Centre. Importation must occur in compliance with general Conditions and Restrictions for Prescribed Matter in Part 2 of the Plant Biosecurity Manual Tasmania

27     Chickpea Blight - Hosts and Vectors

NOTE:  THIS IMPORT REQUIREMENT IS ONE OF SEVERAL THAT MUST BE SATISFIED, AS RELEVANT, WHEN IMPORTING GRAIN OR SEED INTO TASMANIA FOR USE AS ANIMAL FEED, AS WELL AS SEED FOR SOWING.

A person must not import, or cause to be imported, any host or vector of chickpea blight (Didymella rabiei (Kovatsch.) Arx (syn. Ascochyta rabiei (Pass.) Labr.) anamorph), except in accordance with the following:

I.         Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) plants and plant products, and any other prescribed matter that is a potential vector of chickpea blight, must be accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person of the State or Territory in which the chickpeas were grown and packed or used stating that:

(a)     Didymella rabiei is not known to occur on the property on which the prescribed matter has been grown and packed or used; and

(b)     the property is at least 50 km from any place in which the fungus is known to occur; and

(c)     the property has not received any chickpea plants or plant products or shared agricultural equipment with a property on which chickpea blight has been detected unless that plant material or equipment has been given an approved treatment.

II.       Chickpea Seed intended for sowing must:

(a)     have a representative sample of seed tested for D. rabiei by an approved method and found free of Didymella pathogens. The submitted sample must be representative of the whole seed lot and drawn prior to fungicide treatment according to current International Rules for Seed Testing published by the International Seed Testing Association, or equivalent; and

(b)     be certified that the seed consignment has been treated with an approved fungicide.

III.      Other Grains and Seeds that may Contain Chickpea Seeds must:

(a)     contain zero chickpea seeds per kilogram of grain or seed as indicated by a Seed Analysis Certificate issued by an accredited laboratory which has examined a representative sample from the grain or seed lot (refer IR30 for sampling protocol detail); or

(b)     if the representative sample of grain or seed contains one or more chickpea seeds per kilogram, the grain or seed lot from which it was drawn must be:

(i)       accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person of the State or Territory in which it was grown and/or packed stating that it has been sampled in an approved manner, tested by an approved method and found free of Chickpea Blight; or

(ii)     originate from a State or Territory for which there exists a current area freedom certificate issued by the Chief Plant Health Manager or equivalent person certifying that the whole of the State or Territory or that part of it where the grain was grown is free of Chickpea Blight; or

(c)     (c) the grain or seed must be gamma irradiated at 25 k Gray at an approved facility using an approved process; or

(d)     (d) the grain or seed must be consigned for processing to an approved Level 3 premise within Tasmania if conditions II (a) or (b) or (c) are not met.

IV.     Agricultural equipment and other prescribed matter that has been used or stored on properties within 50 km of any occurrence of the Chickpea Blight fungus may be imported if it is accompanied by a certificate signed by an approved person stating that the prescribed matter has been cleaned under that person’s supervision and is free of chickpea plants, plant products, chickpea trash and soil.

Consignments must be accompanied by a Plant Health Certificate.

For more information, please contact

Plant Biosecurity
Phone: 1300 368 550
Email: Biosecurity.planthealth@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Chickpea Blight (CB)

Import Requirement

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