The State Government has made enormous progress in the quest to eradicate Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly). Winegrowers don’t often stop to think about the massive cost of controlling this pest and maintaining our fruit fly free status.
Qfly Area-Wide Management Coordinator Dr Penny Measham has made special request for winegrowers to respond to an online survey.
Dr Measham said, “In order to implement coordinated area-wide management (AWM) of Qfly, and effectively make use of Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) we need to know how much different sectors of your community value, and are prepared to pay for, AWM and SIT.
“Thanks to you we now know the drivers for, and barriers blocking, grower and community participation in an Area Wide Management approach to Qfly control – but we still need to work out how valuable you think this approach to pest management could be, especially with the introduction of SIT.
“So, as the next step in the ‘Adaptive area wide management of Qfly using SIT’ project, and following on from our social survey, CSIRO will be conducting a short online survey (last one!!!) that will gauge your opinion on the value of AWM and SIT. If you are a grower in the Riverland, Sunraysia (VIC and NSW) or Murray Goulburn Valley we want to hear from you. Your responses will inform the commercialisation of SIT as a component of AWM. The SIT factory has been built and soon there will be sterile flies.
“Please keep an eye out in future communications for a link to our survey from now on (or click here right now).
“We will share our results with you later in the year – they might surprise you”.
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