Bug boat booted off home

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

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.

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