PLANT PRODUCTION BIOSECURITY SCHEME
The Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme (PPBS) is a certification scheme that is designed to help plant producers identify, control, manage or avoid biosecurity hazards in their nurseries.
The PPBS protects the producer, their customers, the environment and the New Zealand economy from the inadvertent introduction of pests and diseases into nurseries and subsequent spread across their supply chains. It builds industry and producer resilience, trust and social licence.
New Zealand Plant Producers Incorporated and Biosecurity New Zealand have led the development of the scheme. Other organisations that are involved in the project include NZ Forest Owners Assn, Kiwifruit Vine Health, NZ Avocado, NZ Winegrowers, Citrus New Zealand,.
The scheme is open to all plant producers. Those certified under the scheme must demonstrate that their operation is undertaken using strong biosecurity risk and hazard management. They must provide assurance that their plants have been raised in conditions that minimise the introduction and spread of pests.
The Plant Production Biosecurity Scheme (PPBS) provides a framework to formalise and recognise work plant producers currently undertake to manage pests. It will help them identify, control, manage or avoid pest and biosecurity hazards in their nursery and production processes, protecting the producer, their customers, the environment and the New Zealand economy from the inadvertent introduction and dispersal of a pest.
More about the Scheme and the PPBS Standard and myrtle rust specific module are available here