Buzz off! Three riverland fruit fly outbreaks wiped out

Residents of Berri, Monash, and Cooltong can once again move fruits and vegetables off their properties, with outbreaks ending between December 23rd and 27th. Evidence of wild flies on the Pike River means that fruit movement restrictions in two other outbreak areas around Renmark West and Pike River will last until March 13, 2022.

Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham said helping the Riverland community had played an important role in identifying and eliminating fruit flies.

“Thank you to all residents, primary producers and businesses in the affected areas for their support for our thorough eradication program,” said Minister Basham.

“We have successfully eradicated three of the riverland outbreak areas, which means that many farmers can again take advantage of the market advantage of being free from fruit flies.

“These eradication efforts follow other recent successful operations to eradicate fruit fly outbreaks in the Mediterranean in the metropolitan areas of Adelaide and Port Augusta, and the Liberal government of Marshall will continue to use all available resources to clean up the remaining two outbreak areas of Riverland, including the target latest detection site to ensure that any last Q-Fly is removed.

“The Riverland fruit fly eradication program included a combination of fruit and vegetable movement restrictions to stop the spread of fruit flies, organic bait, collecting windfalls, examining fruit for signs of fruit flies, and releasing sterile flies to increase the lifecycle to interrupt.

“The fruit fly outbreaks across South Australia have threatened the vulnerable US $ 1.3 billion horticultural industry, which represents 37,500 local jobs, 4,000 businesses and thousands of livelihoods.

“We know that summer fruit flies are most active and we ask everyone to remain vigilant to ensure that the fruit flies remain free in South Australia.

“Please continue to pick ripe fruit, collect windfalls, check the fruit for maggots and call the fruit fly hotline on 1300 666 010 if you see something wobbling in your fruit.

“Travelers and residents are reminded that the separate restrictions on imports of fruits and vegetables into the Riverland PFA are ongoing and permanent and are not related to any of the fruit fly outbreaks.

“We have a zero tolerance policy for anyone bringing banned fruit into the pest-free area of ​​Riverland. If caught smuggling fruit into the region, heavy fines are payable.

“Residents and travelers visiting the Riverland are encouraged to shop locally and support local businesses. We must all do our part to protect South Australia from fruit flies. “

Riverland Fruit Fly Committee chair Jason Size said the eradication of these three outbreaks is testament to the hard work of the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) and the local community.

“This fruit fly eradication has been a tremendous effort, especially from local biosecurity workers, and PIRSA’s work in the Riverland with breeders and residents has been tireless,” said Mr. Size.

“We don’t need to understand the full economic impact of these outbreaks yet, for example, market access issues with trading partners are not fully resolved, as is the impact of the recent spring storms.

“We will continue to work with PIRSA on fruit fly preparation and prevention, with a deeper understanding than ever of the effects outbreaks can have and what is needed to prevent and eradicate them.

“Although three of the outbreaks have been reversed, two areas remain, which means everyone must continue efforts to ensure our area is clean and free of fruit flies.”

Inland trade has now been restored to the restored territories under the Territorial Freedom Agreements, and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) is working with the Commonwealth of Nations in an effort to reinstate export agreements soon.

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