Global Agriculture

Biosecurity guidelines for Lunar New Year celebrations

07 February 2024, AU: As the eagerly awaited Year of the Dragon approaches, it is important to be biosecurity-aware, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted Lunar New Year celebration.

Lunar New Year is a culturally significant period filled with tradition and customs. While the festivities are marked by jubilation and ceremonial practices, it is important to be aware of potential biosecurity hazards to ensure hassle-free gift-giving.

Deputy Secretary for Biosecurity Dr Chris Locke said it is important to understand the risks associated with some common Lunar New Year gifts.

“We acknowledge that Lunar New Year is a time of celebration, and traditional gifts are often exchanged to mark this joyous occasion,” Dr Locke said.

“However, to avoid disappointment during this event it’s important to know what can and cannot be brought into Australia.

“Biosecurity precautions safeguard Australia against the introduction of diseases or pests and protect our agriculture industries, environment and way of life.

“While we appreciate the sentiment behind traditional Lunar New Year gifts, consider purchasing them locally to support Australian businesses and avoid potential biosecurity issues.

“We encourage international travellers to be mindful and compliant of our biosecurity regulations.

“Failing to comply with Australian biosecurity measures, not declaring risk goods, or providing false information can result in penalties of up to $6,260.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to contribute to protecting Australian agricultural industry, particularly during this Lunar New Year celebration.”

Also Read: Best Agrolife to manufacture a combination of Trifloxystrobin, Thiamethoxam, and Thiophanate Methyl under the brand name Warden Extra

(For Latest Agriculture News & Updates, follow Krishak Jagat on Google News)