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Media Release - 16 October 2017
Growers invited to have input on fruit fly initiatives

Grower meetings are being held at:

  • DEDJTR complex, Koorlong avenue, Irymple 8pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017

  • Swan Hill Commercial Hotel, 6pm on Thursday 19th October 2017.

Table grape, stone fruit and citrus growers in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) get the opportunity this week to have their say about the actions and initiatives targeting fruit fly in the 2017/18 Grower Action Plan.

The Greater Sunraysia Industry Development Committee (IDC) will hold two meetings which will allow eligible growers to have input on expenditure plans for the upcoming year.

The IDC oversees the expenditure of funding raised from charges paid by stonefruit, citrus and table grape growers, as well as grants received from the Government. Its 2017 proposals are aimed at maintaining the high level of field work now in place in the GSPFA, focussing on key activities including mass rollouts, dynamic trapping, host tree removal and community education.

GSPFA Regional Coordinator Deidre Jaensch said IDC’s intention is to continue refining its strategic approach on stopping fruit fly and protecting valuable horticultural industries.

“Over the past couple of years, we have collected some good data that shows we are able to dramatically reduce fly numbers if we have the right resources and get the timing right,” Ms Jaensch said.

“This biggest challenge is to reach the full extent of the community because that’s the most effective way of reducing fly numbers and reducing the potential for reinfesting surrounding commercial properties,” she said.

“The IDC has put into place a plan of attack that was approved by industry last year and developed on past experience, best available science and community and industry feedback.”

The strategy targets urban areas and private holdings in commercial areas with the aim of reducing pest pressures across the entire community, Ms Jaensch said.

“While good growers will have effective insect pest control measures in place on their farms it is what is happening off-farm that will continue to threaten their livelihood,” she said.

Ms Jaensch emphasised that the strong support of the grower community was needed to be able to leverage matching government support and get the best out of the proposed actions and initiatives.

“These meetings are a really important part of the process,” she said.

“To come together and agree on the direction we will take in the upcoming year is integral in maintaining and strengthening the co-ordinated approach within the Greater Sunraysia PFA.”

All growers have been advised by their industry bodies of the scheduled meetings at:

  • DEDJTR complex, Koorlong avenue, Irymple 8pm on Wednesday 18th October 2017

  • Swan Hill Commercial Hotel, 6pm on Thursday 19th October 2017.

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