With public concern increasing over the responsible and sustainable use of water and pesticides, and negative impacts to the environment, society and biosecurity, responsible sourcing of plants is an expectation.
Managing this is difficult, however there is a way for you to limit your risk, and that’s by sourcing plants from a production nursery accredited through the Nursery Production Farm Management System (FMS).
The Nursery Production FMS is made up of three independently audited programs:
The core program is the Nursery Industry Accreditation Scheme Australia (NIASA) which covers industry best practice in crop hygiene and management, general site management and water management.
NIASA provides a level of assurance around consistent product quality and performance as well as a signalling that a business is safe, sustainable and professional.
NIASA is also endorsed through the Smart Approved Water Mark scheme.
Building on from NIASA is EcoHort, an environmental management system which improves sustainability through a risk assessment and continuous improvement process.
The core issues addressed include water, pesticides, waste, land and soil use, energy, pollution, and biodiversity.
Biosecurity is addressed through BioSecure Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP), a dedicated biosecurity management program which systematically assesses and manages current and future pest, disease and weed risks.
Based on HACCP principles this program anticipates and prevents biosecurity issues before and during production.
Sourcing plants from a NIASA accredited nursery is a clear sign that you are managing your biosecurity risk and responsibly sourcing your plant stock.
For more information and a list of accredited businesses visit nurseryproductionfms.com.au
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