Hodgman Govt Allocates $17 Million To Eradicate Fruit Fly

Hodgman Govt Allocates $17 Million To Eradicate Fruit Fly

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney

Fruit Fly Assistance

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government’s response to the current fruit fly incursion is the single largest of its kind to a biosecurity threat, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney said.

$17 Million has been allocated to eradicate fruit fly, support affected fruit growers, and strengthen and prepare biosecurity for the future.

“We acted quickly in partnership with fruit growers to address the fruit fly incursion, including the roll out of a comprehensive assistance package for growers who were in immediate crisis in the middle of the last harvest season.” Minister Courtney said.

“We remain confident that Tasmania is on track to be declared free of fruit fly in time for the peak summer fruit harvest period, and we are listening and will continue to work with growers as they prepare their businesses for the upcoming season.”

“Hodgman Government will continue to provide transitional assistance to affected growers in the control zones as we move towards reinstatement of Tasmania’s Pest Free Area (PFA) status including funding for packaging, fumigation treatment, and associated transport and labour costs.”

“To further assist growers, we are providing Fruit Growers Tasmania with $500,000 for their grower biosecurity program, and Rural Business Tasmania is assisting growers with financial counselling and business planning for the coming season.” Minister Courtney said.

Biosecurity Tasmania is also recruiting more biosecurity inspectors, a fruit fly expert and industry collaboration and planning roles, to ensure the state continues to respond to the challenges of increased trade and a growing economy.

“For Labor to suggest the government is not taking fruit fly seriously is wrong, irresponsible and wreaks of political opportunism.”

“Instead of trashing Tasmania’s market reputation Labor should put the same amount of effort into developing policies so Tasmanians know what they stand for.” Minister Courtney said.