Fruit Fly prevention
COLLABORATION between the east and the west has strengthened the capabilities of the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) to rid the (QFF).
Area Wide Management has been applied to the two regions to control QFF in the GMV and Mediterranean eas recorded in recent times.
recently took up an invitation from the Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (WA DPIRD) to inspect Perth and Carnarvon’s Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) facilities and advise on strategic engagement with grower and community groups as part of the collaboration.
representatives of the Carnarvon Growers Association ecurity Group (RBG) along with Carnarvon grower and community groups.
tion project manager Dr Rosalie McCauley described the
“We were very happy to and assess our program and provide us with some really helpful advice on how we can drive our community engagement to a much higher level to encourage our community and growers to get on-board
One aspect of the information exchange focused on the community engagement and education strategies undertaken in the GMV to encourage stakeholders to take own and responsibly manage the pest on their land and eradicate unmanaged habitat.
“I would like to thank WA DPIRD for this opportunity to see their SIT program in action. We have learned bonds and will continue to share knowledge and experi
and widespread in the Carnarvon region and throughout the southern areas of Western Australia.
tralia’s horticulture industry $10.2 million each year in lost production and control measures.
DPIRD has worked with the local growers on the ‘Piloting of New Techniques to from Carnarvon’ project.
This project combines grower and community engagement to improve onfarm hygiene practices with a variety of control activities to
Control activities include an area-wide baiting and trapping program and the use of SIT release.
SIT is the rearing of male and released into the affected area.
The wild females that mate with a sterile male produce no offspring.
When released in large of sterile males can cause a population crash.
are bred and sterilised by x rearing facility.
ported to Carnarvon in refrigerated trucks as pupae.
The pupae are placed in specialised towers within a custom built facility in Carnarvon until they emerge as adults.
The adults are fed on before being prepared for a chilled release into the lo blower machine.
This custom built machine is designed to sit on the back of a farm ute and disperses it slowly moves through local plantations.
The project is currently sterile males in the Carnarvon region each week and the cant decrease in the number trapping grid.
“Despite not currently having a SIT release program reduction in QFF numbers
“The intensive community awareness and ployment of field officers to manage ‘ hot spots’ and the large scale removal of unmanaged QFF habitat from private and public lands has been instrumental in our progress toward achieving an Area of Low Pest Prevalence here in the Goulburn Murray Valley.
“If we had a SIT release program similar to Carnarvon in targeted areas in ing in increased quality of our produce and expanding our
The ‘Piloting New Techniques to Control and Eradicate Mediterranean Fruit Fly Project’ has been funded by the Royalties for Regions novation and the Carnarvon Growers’ Association.
The Goulburn Murray Valley Queensland Fruit Fly Project is funded by the Victorian Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program.
If you are involved in the horticultural industry and wish to work collaboratively contact the GMV Fruit Fly 5871 9222 or email gmvfruit
LITTLE PEST, BIG IMPACT: The Queensland fruit fly can annihilate a crop. PHOTO: D. Yarrow