Alas, Queensland fruit flies have landed in Griffith

Adelaide restrictions ease: Big victory in Mediterranean fruit fly fight

More than 170 suburbs across metropolitan Adelaide will have a significant easing of restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables with the successful eradication of Mediterranean fruit fly. Most residents in the area can once again move fruit from their properties after the successful two-year operation. There is however still a Queensland fruit fly outbreak affecting the Ridleyton area.

As reported on premier.sa.gov.au¸ Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham thanked the South Australian public for following the rules as well as their patience: “From the northern suburbs to the southern suburbs and from beach to the hills, this has been a significant operation right across metropolitan Adelaide to eradicate Mediterranean fruit fly.”

“It’s been an extensive program visiting residents as our fruit fly officers went door-to-door undertaking organic baiting and checking fruit and I’d like to thank the residents of Adelaide for their support during this time.

Queensland fruit flies have landed in Griffith
Queensland fruit flies have descended upon Griffith, as the mild and humid weather attracts them and creates a perfect breeding ground. The La Nina summer is poised to bring fruit flies in record numbers, potentially devastating the region's citrus industry and farms.

Vito Mancini, the chair of the Griffith and District Citrus Growers Association, said that they'd never seen fruit flies in this number before: "It's unprecedented levels in our trapping systems. We've never seen such numbers and the climate has never been this conducive for them. Having the wet spring and mild weather, it's perfect. It's going to be a tough battle over the next two months."

Source: areanews.com.au


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