‘No flies’ message bears fruit
CROWDS visiting the recent Elmore Field Days had the opportunity to learn more about Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) and the tasks everyone can take on with the arrival of spring to help prevent the spread of the pest.
The No Flies On Us message was loud and clear for those passing the Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Queensland Fruit Fly education desk.
Ross Abberfield, Goulburn Murray Valley regional fruit fly coordinator, said crowds at the three-day event were responsive to the information on display about the pest, and about 1000 information packs, showbags and giveaways were distributed.
There was strong interest in the project offer of free fruit tree removal.’
‘‘This was an opportunity to educate those attending the field days that there are a few simple steps that make a real difference to minimising the spread and devastating effect of fruit fly,’’ he said.
‘‘There was strong interest in the project offer of free fruit tree removal, which has now been extended to include urban, peri-urban and rural residential properties.’’
Home gardeners are reminded now is the time to position traps in yards and recharge with new lures on existing traps. It is also important to check fruit that is ripening for fruit fly infestation.
Information packs are available at the Campaspe Shire customer service centre.
Head of programs at Bendigo Tech School Robbie Philpott and Goulburn Murray Valley regional fruit fly coordinator Ross Abberfield at the recent Elmore Field Days.