More than $6million in funding will be put into helping local communities manage fruit flies in Victoria, which will help local growers in the Goulburn Valley.
The Victorian Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program will see a co-ordinated and collaborative approach to fruit fly management across the Goulburn Murray Valley, Greater Sunraysia and Yarra Valley fruit fly regions.
Grants of more than $1million will see the appointment of three regional co-ordinators and more than $261000 will fund an extensive trapping program in the Goulburn Murray Valley region.
Additional grant funding for other fruit fly programs within the regions are also being assessed.
Cobram and District Fruit Growers Association president Tony Siciliano said this was a great sign for fruit growers around the region.
‘‘No doubt it will be a busy role for whoever gets it, but it will also be an important one,’’ Mr Siciliano said.
‘‘One of the more important things I see from the role is bringing everyone together, including the local councils, so that we can fight the problem as one.’’
Fruit flies pose a significant threat to Victoria’s horticulture industry, disrupting production and trade worldwide.
Species such as Queensland fruit fly are present in Victoria and need effective management to reduce their impact.
In the three regions, Regional Action Plans have been developed collaboratively by local Fruit Fly Regional Governance Groups comprising of industry, state and local government and the community to manage fruit fly.