Bug boat booted off home
A BOAT carrying cars and machinery has been sent home because bugs on board could have decimated our $12 billion horticultural industry.
The Triumph, owned by Armacup, had come through multiple ports and will now go back to China. Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said Australia would never compromise on keeping our farm sector safe. “Department of Agriculture inspections found more than 100 brown marmorated stink bugs and other bugs on
The Triumph, which indicates a live population on the boat. These bugs eat everything from tomatoes to apples and broccoli to beans. They also gather in people’s houses and stink to high heaven,” he said.
“The risk to our industry was unacceptable.
“We directed the vessel to leave our waters, which it now has.” The bug comes from Asia and is now wreaking havoc in parts of Europe.