Home' Smart Farmer : October 2012 Contents Mrs Green stressed such
moves could adversely impact
on SA exports.
"Several countries don't recog-
nise regional contamination.
They only look nationally, which
makes it harder for us to export
to these markets," she said.
The citrus industry expressed
concern at the situation, with
Citrus Australia chief executive
officer Judith Damiani asking for
more time from the Victorian
government before it winds back
"They're saying industry needs
to pick up more of that funding,"
Ms Damiani said.
"But how much can growers
keep funding everything? The
growers can't suddenly churn
out millions of dollars a year to
Biosecurity SA has committed
to step-up vigilance along the
border with Vic, with the agency
planning to reopen its seasonal
quarantine station at Pinnaroo a
month earlier than usual.
It will also conduct random
road blocks during the coming
The agency has singled-out
school holidays, in particular, as
a danger period for fruitfly cont-
Biosecurity SA's manager of
Plant and Food Standards Geoff
Raven said the school holidays
were a time when many families
travelled and traffic into and out
of SA was considerable, increas-
ing the risk of fruitfly being
inadvertently brought into the
"It's important that people
remember and abide by fruitfly
restrictions when making their
travel plans," Mr Raven said.
Only fruit and vegetables
bought within SA with a valid
itemised receipt can be taken
into the Riverland.
Offenders found to have
brought fruit in from interstate
can face on-the-spot fines of
SA has not suffered a
Queensland fruitfly outbreak
since 2007-08, however there
were isolated Mediterranean
fruitfly outbreaks in the Adelaide
metropolitan area earlier this
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'Don't give up
GROWER Ashley Green (pictured), Hillview Fruits,
says South Australia cannot afford to drop its
guard on biosecurity.
He was disappointed with a decision last year
to allow New Zealand apples into the country and
wants to keep a close eye on imports to ensure SA
"They've done a reasonable job so far with
quarantine, but need to stay strict or there's no
doubt disease will enter," Mr Green said.
The fifth-generation grower cultivates apples,
pears and berries at Lenswood, Birdwood and
Renmark, and is hopeful fruitfly contamination
across the border in Victoria and New South Wales
can be kept at bay.
"It looks like interstate they've given up the
fight on fruitfly, but here the fight is still going,"
Mr Green said.
"I've never had fruitfly, but there is a site on
one of my properties that the government moni-
"They have traps out all season, and I think
they use a pheromone to attract the fruitfly, and if
they ever catch something an outbreak will be
-- MAX OPRAY
Fruitfly campaign at
risk of breakdown
By MAX OPRAY
VICTORIA and New
South Wales must main-
tain pest control mea-
sures to prevent fruitfly
incursions, according to South
Australian Apple and Pear
Growers Association chief
executive officer Susie Green.
She said the tri-state solution
could disintegrate if the eastern
states gave up, which would be a
"disheartening" development for
such an important issue.
"And it means we will lose
local funding," Mrs Green said.
"The commitment and local
work being done by Biosecurity
SA is so important, and we have
the upcoming In Your Hands
community campaign by the
"Measures such as the intro-
duction of sterile fruit flies into
affected areas have been proven
to be very effective, and I under-
stand the SA government will
lobby the other states to contin-
ue these programs."
The Victorian Department of
Primary Industries is consider-
ing whether to declare the fruit-
fly endemic in all areas except in
Sunraysia, while its counterpart
in NSW is looking to cancel
funding of Riverina exclusion
Vic, NSW winding back pest
SA funding at risk
Stay on track to avert trial of destruction
THE greatest threat to the Fruit
Fly Excursion Zone is the intro-
duction of contaminated fruit.
Fruitflies generally cannot travel
very far, unless they hitch a ride in
fruit or vegetables being moved to a
They can lay their eggs in a vari-
ety of maturing or ripe fruit includ-
ing stonefruit, citrus, loquats,
tomatoes, avocados and quinces.
They can also lay eggs in some
vegetables such as capsicums. Tiny,
creamy-white maggots hatch from
the eggs and burrow through the
fruit as they feed.
They are smaller than ordinary
'house' flies and two varieties in
particular cause problems in
Australia -- the Mediterranean fruit-
fly (found in Western Australia) and
the Queensland fruitfly (found in the
Northern Territory, Queensland, parts
of New South Wales and the eastern
corner of Victoria).
Infested fruit can appear perfectly
sound on the outside, but internally
will often look brown and mushy.
Crops can monitored with a sim-
ple fly trap and infested fruit can be
disposed of safely by the 'bag and
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