NOT HAPPY: Langshaw farmer Jo Garrett fears the Australian Government agreement to import ginger from Fiji could jeopardise biosecurity and local jobs. Pictured back are Jerry Creek Ginger workers Tristan Dawes, Dylan Sheib, Ben Bird and Scott Gear.
NOT HAPPY: Langshaw farmer Jo Garrett fears the Australian Government agreement to import ginger from Fiji could jeopardise biosecurity and local jobs. Pictured back are Jerry Creek Ginger workers Tristan Dawes, Dylan Sheib, Ben Bird and Scott Gear. Patrick Woods

Worms in first batch of Fiji ginger sparks fears

THE Federal Government seems to have ignored State Government and ginger growers' concerns at the quarantine risk of imported ginger, despite live worms being found in the first batch imported from Fiji.

Australia's multi-million-dollar ginger industry is based on the Sunshine Coast, at Yandina's Ginger Factory.

Farms stretch from the Coast to the Mary Valley and Gympie.

Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce this week rejected a call from his Queensland counterpart John McVeigh for an immediate halt to the imports on biosecurity grounds.

He said the worms involved were already found in Australia and were there fore not a quarantine risk.

However, farming group Growcom said the incident did prove that the quarantine measures used to safeguard Australia's interests did not always work.

"Independent testing has found Australia's quarantine measure have failed to kill round worms living inside the first consignment of controversial Fijian ginger, which hit Australian shores last week," Growcom said.

Should ginger be imported from Fiji?

This poll ended on 29 October 2014.

Current Results

Yes I don't see the issue.

2%

I think it's ok as long as biosecurity standards are met.

2%

No! Use what we have here.

94%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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