Australia: Queensland fruit fly Quarantine Area expanded again

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is ramping up its program to eradicate the serious agricultural pest Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) from Perth's western suburbs.

A Quarantine Area Notice, which has been in place since early April 2020, has been renewed and extended to include areas north of Stirling Highway, following recent detections close to the Quarantine Area's boundary.

The extension of 893 hectares includes areas in the north of Claremont and Nedlands, as well as parts of Crawley, Mount Claremont, Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Shenton Park. This is in addition to the original 1160ha Qfly Quarantine Area, spread across Dalkeith and parts of Nedlands and Claremont.


Image: Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development 

The directions remain the same as the previous Quarantine Area Notice, which prohibits the movement of home-grown Qfly host fruit, including some fruiting vegetables, from the Quarantine Area and requirements for the regular removal and treatment of ripe and ripening Qfly host fruit.

The Queensland fruit fly Quarantine Area has been extended north of Stirling Highway in the suburbs of Claremont and Nedlands, alongside Crawley, Mount Claremont, Peppermint Grove, Cottlesloe and Shenton Park.

A map of the updated Quarantine Area, a full list of host fruit and fruiting vegetables and more advice is available on the department's website agric.wa.gov.au/qflyupdate

Source: farmweekly.com.au


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