Fruit producers in South Australia's Riverland region are doing everything they can to meet strict product quarantine rules as a second outbreak of Queensland fruit fly was declared in the region inside eight days.
On Wednesday, Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) confirmed that fruit fly larvae had been found in fruit from a backyard apricot tree in Monash. A 1.5 km outbreak area has been set up around Monash and Glossop, while a further 15 km exclusion zone has also been established where varying fruit movement restrictions apply, lasting until March 22 at least.
The two outbreaks mean there are 33 localities across the Riverland now facing restrictions on fruit movement, with product needing to be treated before it leaves a property. South Australia is the only mainland state which is considered fruit fly free, despite the two new Riverland outbreaks and eight separate Mediterranean fruit fly outbreaks ongoing in metropolitan Adelaide.
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