Northern Tasmania was officially reinstated as a Pest Free Area today, re-opening the door to domestic trade.
Fruit Growers’ Tasmania, CEO, Stuart Burgess welcomed the positive news and thanked Tasmanian growers impacted by the exclusion zone.
“There have been no fruit flies detected in Northern Tasmania over the past six months thanks to a collaborative and relentless approach towards eradication,” said Stuart.
“It goes to show what can be achieved when we get Federal Government, state biosecurity teams, industry and the community all pulling in the same direction to solve an issue.”
In the 2018–19 Budget, the Government provided $20 million to the Tasmanian state Government to support the response to the Queensland fruit fly outbreak.
$100,000 was also provided directly to Fruit Growers Tasmania to help growers prepare for and respond to potentially costly biosecurity incidents.
The Government also recently announced $16.9 million to support a strong, effective, harmonised system for nation-wide fruit fly management.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud also commented today: “We are working with trading partners with the help of our overseas agriculture counsellors to get international trade back up and running.”
“For the fruit exporters of Northern Tasmania we are working to make this happen as soon as possible.”
For more information on the collaborative efforts underway to eradicate fruit fly, read our December article: East West Collaboration Tackles Costly Pest.