Critical time for QFF growth
Intensified Queensland fruit fly (QFF) control measures throughout autumn will play a significant role in protecting next season’s horticultural crop.
The number of young flies able to survive the approaching winter will reduce throughout April and May, with the focus now on minimising adult QFF numbers.
Potential breeding grounds exist in home gardens, orchards, untended properties, roadsides, channel banks and bushland with gardeners, farmers and commercial growers asked to continue to implement control measures.
Goulburn Murray Valley Regional QFF co-ordinator Ross Abberfield said the continued implementation of control measures at a community level was essential.
‘‘During April and May, as the weather cools down, QFF males and females change survival strategies from reproduction to winter survival and now extra protein, for both sexes, is essential for their survival,’’ he said.
‘‘It is extremely important to reduce the number of QFF able to lay their eggs into fruit, as it is the offspring of these flies that will survive over winter and cause problems to the community and the commercial grower next season.’’
Mr Abberfield reminded keen gardeners, property owners, farmers and commercial growers of the combined community effort required to reduce the spread of QFF and protect the region’s horticultural industry.
‘‘Queensland fruit fly is a serious threat to our region’s multi-million-dollar horticultural industry, the local economy and the many jobs the industry supports,’’ he said.
‘‘We are asking the community to remain active throughout autumn to help us safeguard next season’s crops and ensure the viability and future of our horticulture sector.
‘‘If we can tackle fruit fly now by taking extra care to pick up and destroy fallen fruit and harvesting any fruit that is still on the tree and by processing, eating or destroying it, we can significantly reduce the threat throughout autumn and, importantly, next season.’’
For more information, pick up an information pack from council’s customer service centre or visit gmvqldfruitfly.com.au