Tasmania Shadow Minister for Primary Industry Jeremy Rockliff
Fruit Fly Outbreak Could Devastate Tasmanian Fruit Industry
Victor P Taffa
The State Government must do everything in its power to ramp up Quarantine Measures following the discovery of a potentially devastating Fruit Fly, Shadow Minister for Primary Industries Jeremy Rockliff said today.
“A Fruit Fly Outbreak in Tasmania has the potential to completely destroy the state’s $120 Million Fruit Industry, and would no doubt ruin the state’s disease-free advantage and lucrative export market.”
“Less than seven days ago, the Tasmanian Liberals called for an immediate increase in the monitoring and trapping state-wide in light of the worst fruit fly outbreak in Victoria for 15 years.*” Mr. Rockliff said.
“It is clear that the State Government’s lack of commitment to sufficiently resourcing biosecurity leaves our primary industries and pristine reputation exposed.”
“The significance of the effects of the Labor-Green Government’s real term cut of $2 Million over the next four years to Quarantine and Biosecurity in Tasmania are now starting to be realised.”
“This Government needs to get serious about Quarantine Services in Tasmania.” Mr. Rockliff said.
“Quarantine and biosecurity measures including trapping and monitoring must be expanded state-wide to ensure that any potential outbreak can be addressed immediately.”
“Given the importance of our primary industry sector and the level of investment from industry into branding produce in Tasmania, it is vital that we remain vigilant and protect our Fruit Fly free status.” Mr. Rockliff said.
* The State Government must mobilise all available Quarantine Tasmania detection and monitoring resources in the wake of a devastating fruit fly outbreak in country Victoria, reported as possibly the worst in fifteen years, (Media Release, 13/02/11).