Warm weather ignites summer fruit fly campaign

WARMER weather has given a kick start to the summer fight against Queensland fruit fly (QFF) in the Greater Sunraysia region and in other affected parts of the state.
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QFF Operations Manager, Bill Ashcroft said the warmer weather meant it was likely that flies would become active in the coming weeks.

“That means now is an ideal time to start an intensive baiting and pest control campaign, particularly in the Greater Sunraysia region,” Mr Ashcroft said.

“Department of Primary Industries staff (DPI) will be visiting thousands of properties in the region to inspect and apply treatments leading up to the Christmas period.

“DPI is focussing its efforts in areas within the region where it expects to get maximum impact on eradicating fruit fly.

“Our aim is to eradicate fruit fly in the Greater Sunraysia region and restore domestic area freedom status to assist local producers with the marketing of their fruit.

“We have started baiting of multiple outbreaks right across Sunraysia, with focus on protecting stonefruit at Swan Hill and table grapes in the Robinvale/ Merbein region.

“At the same time DPI will be undertaking suppression activities across the rest of the state aimed at reducing QFF numbers to very low levels.

“The outbreaks in the Greater Sunraysia region so far are very small and that will help our efforts to control them over the next six months.

“In comparison, the majority of outbreaks in the Goulburn Valley and East Gippsland appear to be larger and with multiple outbreak epicenters, so suppression is the best option for these regions at this stage.”

DPI will also target residential areas and, at the same time work with industry and growers to ensure QFF is effectively treated on commercial properties.

This approach will ensure the maximum number of outbreaks is treated efficiently.

“The livelihoods of many regional communities throughout northern Victoria depend on a vibrant fruit industry,” Mr Ashcroft said.

“We can all help state-wide efforts to prevent QFF from entering or spreading in Victoria’s major fruit producing areas.”

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