Victoria Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford
Managing Fruit Fly In The Goulburn Valley Gets A Shot In The Arm
Victor P Taffa
Andrews Government is helping local communities manage fruit fly in Victoria’s key horticultural areas with new regional coordinators and a series of grants.
“Managing fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility and the new Goulburn Valley Regional Coordinator will coordinate industry and community efforts so we can get the best result.” Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford said.
“Horticulture exports are growing fast, up 26 % in the last year. Managing fruit fly numbers is so important for Goulburn Valley growers wanting to export their fruit to the world.”
$6.7 Million Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program will see a coordinated and collaborative approach to fruit fly management across the Greater Sunraysia, the Yarra Valley and the Goulburn Murray Valley.
“Fruit flies have posed a significant risk to growers in our Goulburn Murray Valley Region recently, so this additional $261,000 for trapping specifically will go a long way to help us combat this pest.” Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said.
Grants of more than $1 Million have been approved for the appointment of 3 regional coordinators, and more than $261,000 will fund an extensive trapping program in the Goulburn Murray Valley.
Additional grant funding for other fruit fly programs within the regions are also currently being assessed.
Fruit flies pose a significant threat to Victoria’s growing horticulture industry, disrupting production and trade worldwide.
Species such as Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) are present in Victoria and need effective management to reduce their impact.
“This is a positive step forward to have someone locally based to coordinate the fruit fly control program and will provide some valuable information to base next seasons control program on.” Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Chair Doug Brown said.
In the three regions, Regional Action Plans have been developed collaboratively by local Fruit Fly Regional Governance Groups comprising of industry, state and local government and the community to manage fruit fly.
Grants will support the delivery of the Regional Action plans aligned to the State Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Action Plan 2015-2020.