Battle lines drawn in new war against fruit fly

June 14, 2017

Fruit fly free: Moira Shire gardener Andrew Smith installs a fruit fly trap in a tree along Queen St.

A two-year Queensland fruit fly monitoring program began last week, with traps installed in selected locations in Cobram, Shepparton, Mooroopna, Tatura and Kyabram.

The monitoring program is funded under the Victorian Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program with the Goulburn Murray Fruit Fly Regional Governance Group, which includes representation from major horticultural producers, local and state government, and community members from the area overseeing the local project delivery.

Goulburn Murray Fruit Fly Regional Governance Group chairman Doug Brown said the monitoring program would provide valuable data about Queensland fruit fly population dynamics and distribution in local towns and farming areas.

‘‘Understanding what happens to the Queensland fruit fly population over a full year is vital to identifying when we can most effectively target our efforts to combat Queensland fruit fly,’’ Mr Brown said.

The traps will be placed at key locations in town and farming areas and will be checked regularly across the two-year period by the research team.

‘‘This research project is extremely important to the future of our local horticultural industry and we need the community’s help to ensure the traps are not disturbed,’’ Mr Brown said.

‘‘It’s been terrific to see our local communities rally behind this important initiative. We need to continue to be vigilant even during the colder months.’’

●For more information on the Queensland fruit fly trapping program, phone Moira Shire Council on 5871 9222.

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