Fruit Fly Control
Growers don't have to have Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) on their property to cost them money. The mere presence of QFF in the region means our farmers have to apply additional control on-farm and meet post-harvest requirements to satisfy our buyers in overseas markets and maintain market access.
Applying management strategies across an area is called Area Wide Management (AWM). This has been the QFF management strategy adopted within the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA).
The phasing-out of two chemicals, dimethoate and fenthion which were long used for in-field control and post-harvest treatment, means alternative control strategies are needed.
Here we describe some of the control strategies available and the principles behind their use.
The Masterclass includes presentations on awareness and prevention, Area Wide Management (AWM) and Sterile Insect Techniques (SIT), as well as a panel discussion.