Har­vest hard amid fly fight

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

WITH har­vest in full swing, grow­ers in fruit-fly con­trol ar­eas are do­ing it tough.

How­ever, there have been no fur­ther de­tec­tions of fruit fly lar­vae since the find in a grape­fruit from a South Ho­bart gro­cery store last week.

Fruit Grow­ers Tas­ma­nia pres­i­dent Nic Hansen said all grow­ers in the con­trol ar­eas were do­ing it tough, es­pe­cially at har­vest time.

“Meet­ing con­trol mea­sures is tough work, but grow­ers are a re­silient lot,” Mr Hansen said. “Ev­ery­thing is working as nor­mal, but it’s just hard work.”

Mr Hansen said FGT was ex­pect­ing about 350 del­e­gates to at­tend its an­nual con­fer­ence from May 24-26 at the Don Cen­tre in Devon­port.

“The first day on the Thurs­day will be a mas­sive biose­cu­rity day and will cover what’s hap­pened and the next steps.”

More than 1000 fruit fly traps are cur­rently be­ing mon­i­tored through­out Tas­ma­nia.

No adult flies have been de­tected out­side con­trol zones in Sprey­ton in the North-West, in Ge­orge Town in the North and on Flin­ders Is­land.

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