Fruit Fly Efforts Boosted

Within South Australia, travellers and Riverland residents should be aware that it is illegal to bring fresh fruit and vegetables which are a potential fruit fly host, into the Riverland region without proper documentation or certification.

Recognising the increased pressure from fruit fly with the pest rampant in neighbouring states, the State Government has announced extra measures will be undertaken to deliver extra biosecurity protection in the Riverland.

 

These include:

  • The appointment of a dedicated Riverland Fruit Fly Coordinator to work with industry;
  • An increase of random roadblocks from 11 in 2017/18 to 14 in 2018/19;
  • Two new quarantine bins to be installed at key entry points into the Riverland;
  • Opening the seasonal quarantine station at Pinnaroo earlier;
  • Additional signage leading into the Riverland, at main entry points into the State and around quarantine bins;
  • Sterile insect technology release and male annihilation technique baiting in an interstate buffer zone to protect the Riverland Pest Free Area (PFA);
  • Higher scrutiny at quarantine stations to ensure empty fruit bins being transported are properly cleaned and extra bin inspections at the Yamba and Pinnaroo quarantine stations. Trucks with rotting fruit will be turned around at the border;
  • Increased audits of accredited businesses transporting produce into the SA;
  • Continuation of checking 7,500 trap sites across the state (over 100,000 trap checks per year); and
  • Launching a newly branded fruit fly awareness campaign.

Learn how you can play a part to keep South Australia fruit fly free.

 

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