The Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly Project draws on the support and dedication of a broad volunteer base to help lead the charge in protecting the region against Queensland fruit fly. More than 3000 volunteers from Lions Clubs, Rotary Clubs, school kids and other community groups have helped grower groups and local government reduce fruit fly in the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV).
Goulburn Murray Valley Fruit Fly project coordinator, Mr Abberfield, said the pest had the potential to wreak havoc in Victoria: “Volunteer involvement in the Fruit Fly Area Wide Management (FFAWM) Program has helped protect our horticulture-based lifestyle. We would like to thank the project’s many and varied supporters for their contribution to protecting the region from the pest.”
The gross value of horticulture varieties grown in the GMV and which are considered hosts to Qfly is $415 mln annually. The Goulburn Valley is the largest pear producer in the Southern Hemisphere and the Murray Valley is Australia’s largest stone fruit producer.
“The program has been highly successful in reducing fruit fly numbers in the GMV over the past four years, to date the program has removed over 100,000 unwanted and unmanaged fruit trees that would otherwise be a breeding ground for fruit fly,” said Mr Abberfield.
The program manages and monitors an extensive network of urban/peri-urban/rural and Sterile Fruit Fly Release trapping grids across the GMV to identify and monitor ‘hot spots.’ Data from these trapping grids provides the community, industry, government and research institutions with fruit fly activity data that enables the targeting of ‘hot spots’ together with regular communication of fruit fly trends and pressure patterns to update the community and industry.
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