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Quarantine -- what you should do
We need your help to eradicate this fruit
fly outbreak quickly. If you live in the
quarantine area, please:
• DO NOT give away or move any fruit or
fruiting vegetables including tomatoes,
capsicums, chillies and eggplants unless
cooked or preserved.
• DO NOT leave fruit or fruiting vegetables
lying on the ground.
• DO NOT compost any fruit or fruiting
vegetables, including those purchased
from a shop.
• DO report any maggots found in fruit or
fruiting vegetables immediately to the
Fruit Fly Hotline.
• DO cook or preserve excess fruit and
• DO collect fallen over-ripe fruit and
fruiting vegetables and place it in a
plastic bag and contact the Fruit Fly
Hotline to arrange collection.
• DO place every day fruit and vegetable
scraps in the garbage or waste disposal.
• DO contact the Fruit Fly Hotline for more
How long will the quarantine
The quarantine and eradication program
will last for 12 weeks. This may be
extended if additional 'wild' flies or
infestations are found.
PIRSA will notify householders by leaflet
when the quarantine period has ended.
What happens during the
Primary Industries and Regions SA
(PIRSA) has begun a bait spotting
program. This involves applying an
organic base bait into fruit trees and
other suitable foliage to attract and
kill adult fruit flies. Residents in the
quarantine area will be sent leaflets
outlining the program.
Help keep SA Fruit Fly free
Keeping SA fruit fly free protects the
State's $677 million horticultural industry
and means we can enjoy the luxury of
backyard fruit trees and vegetable gardens
that are free of fruit fly maggots.
Fruit fly will lay eggs in all fruits and
some vegetables. These include: stone
fruits (apricots, cherries, peaches,
nectarines and plums), loquats, figs,
feijoa, tropical fruits (bananas, mangoes
etc) and fruiting vegetables including
tomatoes, capsicums, chillies, eggplants
Please check your fruit and fruiting
vegetables regularly and if you find
maggots immediately contact the Fruit Fly
The areas highlighted on the above maps have been placed under quarantine following
outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly.
FRUIT FLY OUTBREAKS
Bookpurnong grower Jason Size with the 15-kilometre suspension zone, in which his property is included.
Hitting close to home
by Stephanie Gropler
Growers within the
quarantine area have
begun a program
of bait spotting and
hygiene in the areas
where the recent
fruit fly outbreaks
were discovered, as
instructed by Primary
Industries and Regions
The program involves
applying an organic-based
bait onto fruit trees to
attract and kill fruit flies.
While Jason Size falls
within the 15-kilometre
suspension zone, he said
he felt sympathy for those
within the 1.5-kilometre
"If I was hit in the wrong
time, in the wrong patch...
we would have to find a
home for 60 to 80 tonne of
fruit," Mr Size said.
"I am probably running
about 35 to 40 hectares
and 1.5km zone radius
would probably take out
my entire operation."
Despite being able to
operate under an ICA-56,
there are still some mar-
kets that Mr Size will not
be able to access.
"There is some states
I can't send to such as
Tasmania and some inter-
national markets," he said.
However, Mr Size said
he was thankful for the
timing of the outbreaks.
"For stone fruit, we are
starting to get to our end
of the season. So, the last
few varieties, it is going to
just be an inconvenience
and more work for us,"
"Valencias are probably
done with, citrus is on the
doorstep and stone fruit is
at the end.
"Table grapes are prob-
ably going to be the most
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"I can now basically just get audited and I can
move my fruit tomorrow. I can move my fruit
out of the suspension zone to Renmark, it can be
packed in my shed under an ICA-56 protocol.
"They will have to fill out separate paperwork
for my produce as well and we have to keep the
fruit separate from every other piece of produce."
Mr Size said the baiting process required
spraying two weeks prior to, and during, harvest.
"You go through and start spot spraying and
they have certain requirements of how much per
hectare," he said.
Mr Size described the fruit fly outbreak as
"It is a lot more hassle. But, at the end of the
day, the advantage is there has been an outbreak,
it has been declared. PIRSA and government
agencies can now go in and clean up and deal
with it," he said. "Before, they had their hands
tied, it was up to the growers involved.
"It was up to the grower's good nature if they
wanted to start baiting or not because the baiting
would have helped. Now, they have no choice."
For more information on the outbreak or what
property owners within the zone should do, visit
the PIRSA website (pir.sa.gov.au).
While local industries have
said the fruit fly outbreak comes
at a fortunate time, Loxton apple
growers are in the midst of harvest.
Rivercorp Land and Water Limited
Riverland orchard manager Ricky England
said last week's outbreak was not favour-
"At the moment we can send to
Melbourne; it is no problem at all and
we are sending a lot there anyway," Mr
"But at this stage, we can't send any-
thing to Lenswood (South Australia)."
Like other growers in the area, the
orchard will begin the ICA-56 process to
enable movement of fruit to markets.
"We are going through the process now,
so our later varieties will be eligible for
other markets," Mr England said.
Apple growers are currently picking
their royal gala varieties, before moving
onto fiji and granny smiths, with harvest
expected to wrap-up in early May.
Fruit fly outbreaks are not the only threat
to this season's crop, with last week's hot
weather taking its toll.
Rivercorp Land and Water Limited
Riverland orchard irrigation manager
Robert Robertson said continual use of
overhead sprinklers was highly effective in
combating the recent heatwave.
"We have used a little bit of sunscreen.
Not as much as we have used in the past
because we are using overhead sprinklers
a lot more," Mr Robertson added.
Rivercorp Land and Water Limited Riverland orchard irrigation
manager Robert Robertson with some of the apples, which
were affected during last week's hot weather.
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