Some 400 properties with fruit trees across Norwood and Kent Town will be targeted by biosecurity inspectors as part of a proactive approach to ridding the city of fruit flies. The Marshall South Australian government has spent around $40 million in eradicating 18 fruit fly outbreaks in Metropolitan Adelaide, the Riverland and Port Augusta.
According to Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham, Norwood and Kent Town have been chosen for the targeted operation due to a number of fruit fly larvae finds in backyard fruit trees.
“From Monday biosecurity officers will be targeting 400 properties with fruit trees in Norwood and Kent Town offering to remove fresh produce at risk from fruit fly,” Minister Basham said. “This is a strategic focus to stop the spread of fruit fly larvae in the Norwood area to reduce the risk of fruit fly emerging and spreading further in the warmer months. We are strengthening our eradication response from all angles to protect South Australia’s $1.3 billion horticulture industry at risk from fruit fly, representing thousands of jobs and local businesses.