Barnett Govt Commences Pilot Program To Eradicate The Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Barnett Govt Commences Pilot Program To Eradicate The Mediterranean Fruit Fly

Western Australia Minister for Agriculture and Food Ken Baston

Shire Support For Carnarvon Fruit Fly Pilot

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  • Protecting the Gascoyne Food Bowl, worth $90 Million a year
  • $99,300 support from the Shire of Carnarvon
  • Biosecurity group to be formed

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston has welcomed the Shire of Carnarvon’s commitment to support a pilot program to eradicate the Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) following a visit to Carnarvon.

“This region has great production potential and controlling and eliminating Medfly will boost its horticulture industry and pave the way for future export development.” Mr. Baston said.

 

 

 

 

A four-year pilot led by the Department of Agriculture and Food in conjunction with local growers and the community will co-ordinate a range of area-wide control measures to stamp out Medfly.

As a valuable and growing horticultural area, Carnarvon was selected for the pilot due to its geographic isolation. The pilot includes a co-ordinated baiting scheme, using a sterile insect technique.

Shire of Carnarvon president Karl Brandenburg said the shire had agreed to support the pilot with $99,300 to the growers’ association, until it could establish a recognised biosecurity group at the beginning of the 2015-16 financial year.

“We recognise the importance of horticulture here and by increasing the industry’s export opportunities, we look forward to growth in production and new jobs.” Cr. Brandenburg said.

The Minister said the shire’s support would help protect the Gascoyne Food Bowl, which has an average annual value of production of about $90 Million.

A Recognised Biosecurity Group controls declared pests impacting on public and private interests and provides the basis for shared responsibility and funding. They enable communities and industry to partner with others, including State Government agencies.

Fact File

  • Medfly infests a wide range of fruit and vegetables and costs the WA horticultural industry millions of dollars each year in production losses and management costs