Humidity Increases Fruit Fly Threat

Humidity Increases Fruit Fly Threat

Victoria Minister for Agriculture & Food Security Peter Walsh

Fruit Fly Threat Escalates As Three New Outbreaks Detected

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh has again appealed to Sunraysia Residents to help in the fight against Queensland fruit fly following three new outbreaks in North-West Victoria.

Mr. Walsh said Queensland fruit fly outbreaks had been detected at Boundary Bend (south-east of Robinvale), Wood Wood (north-west of Swan Hill) and Nichols Point (east of Mildura).

“These sites are within the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area so it’s critical that the pest is eradicated as soon as possible to minimise the impact on fruit industries within the zone.” Mr. Walsh said.

 

 

“The state faces a serious threat from fruit fly this year as the rain and humidity combine to create seasonal conditions which are highly conducive to the pest.”

“To minimise the risk of further outbreaks, I urge Sunraysia residents to report any fruit fly sightings in their backyards and to avoid removing any home-grown fresh fruit from their property.” Mr. Walsh said.

Mr. Walsh said a 15-km suspension zone extending over both sides of the Murray River would be declared around the outbreak detection sites.

“All host fruit will need to be certified prior to leaving the zones and moving to Victorian and sensitive interstate markets, including South Australia, Western Australia and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area in New South Wales.” Mr. Walsh said.

“A Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Eradication Program will commence within a 1.5 km radius of the detection sites.”

Mr. Walsh said households in the immediate areas around the outbreaks would receive a leaflet describing the control program, and field teams from the DPI would visit properties to implement control measures.

“Residents can assist efforts to control fruit fly by providing access to their backyards and by urging visitors to the region not to bring fruit with them.” Mr. Walsh said.

“Most fruits, including citrus, stone and pome fruit, berries, grapes, tomatoes, capsicums and chillies are potential hosts of Queensland fruit fly.” Mr. Walsh said.

A grower information session will also be held at the Settlers’ Club in Eighth St, Mildura at 7 pm on Thursday, February 3.