Pro­duce into Vic­to­ria

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

QUEENS­LAND’S fruit and veg­etable in­dus­try has re­ceived a boost, with Vic­to­ria chang­ing its re­stric­tions on pro­duce en­ter­ing the state. A num­ber of fruit and veg­eta­bles en­ter­ing Vic­to­ria pre­vi­ously had to be chem­i­cally treated due to the tight re­stric­tions on pro­duce that could carry Queens­land fruit fly. Un­til the re­cent sus­pen­sion by the Aus­tralian Pes­ti­cides and Ve­teri­nary Medicines Author­ity, many Queens­land crops were treated with dimethoate and fen­thion. Both chem­i­cals have been widely used for the con­trol of fruit fly in hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duc­tion and for pro­duce en­ter­ing into fruit fly-re­stricted mar­kets. Af­ter ne­go­ti­a­tions with Queens­land, Vic­to­ria has in­tro­duced a new quar­an­tine en­try con­di­tion for fruit fly-host pro­duce en­ter­ing the state from Queens­land fruit fly-en­demic ar­eas.

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