Notice to Industry – Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Producer Biosecurity Guides Now Available

March 31, 2017, Ottawa: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), in collaboration with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and sector organizations, has released voluntary sector-specific biosecurity guides for producers in the greenhouse vegetable, nursery, and floriculture sectors. The guides support the National Voluntary Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard for the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Sectors that was released in March 2016.

The Standard was developed by the Greenhouse, Nursery and Floriculture Biosecurity Advisory Committee (GNFBAC), which includes members from sector associations, producers, academia, and federal and provincial specialists. After the 2016 release of the Standard, the members of the GNFBAC formed three separate sub-committees to each develop a voluntary, sector-specific biosecurity guide to assist producers in achieving the target outcomes described in the Standard.

The biosecurity guides, in combination with the Standard, will assist producers by:

  • Raising awareness of biosecurity risks and the measures that can help reduce the risk of pest introduction and spread.
  • Providing a nationally consistent approach to develop and implement a biosecurity plan in the sector.

The Standard and producer biosecurity guides are voluntary and can be adopted in their entirety or can supplement existing on-farm biosecurity programs. Funding to develop the Standard and producer biosecurity guides has been provided under the Growing Forward 2 Agricultural Policy Framework.

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