The South Australian government has committed to a national fruit fly management agreement. It is calling on other states to follow. The state will contribute more than $1 million over four years to the federal government's Intergovernmental Agreement on Fruit Fly Management.
Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said collaboration with other states would minimise the impact: "Fruit fly is an increasing threat to Australia's horticultural exports. South Australia is the only mainland state to maintain a fruit fly-free status."
The Minister added that the investment would enable new research into fly control. The federal government expects to spend an extra $20 million on fruit fly control over the next four years.