Fruit fly successfully eliminated from Port Augusta

The first success was as part of the Liberal Marshall government’s $ 50 million fruit fly eradication plan, was achieved when the Mediterranean fruit fly was successfully eradicated in Port Augusta. As a result, restrictions on the transport of fresh fruits and vegetables in Port Augusta were lifted after a seven-month battle to control the horticultural pest.

“Thank you to everyone in the affected area in Port Augusta and the surrounding area for your support for our fruit fly eradication program,” said David Basham, Minister for Primary Industry and Regional Development.

“The state government has responded to fruit fly outbreaks across South Australia that have threatened the state’s vulnerable $ 1.3 billion horticultural industry, including 37,500 local jobs, 4,000 businesses and thousands of livelihoods.”

“The Port Augusta eradication program was thorough and included a combination of fruit and vegetable movement restrictions to stop the spread of fruit flies, organic bait, collecting windfalls, checking fruit for signs of fruit flies, and releasing sterile flies in order to interrupt the life cycle. “


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