Tasmanian Fruit fly outbreak worsens

At least 20 wine producers in Tasmania’s northern Tamar region are the latest to be affected by the state’s worsening outbreak of fruit fly. Biosecurity Tasmania’s confirmation late on Tuesday of five adult fly and larvae detections in a backyard orchard in George Town, near Devonport, meant the existing control zone to halt the movement of potentially infected produce was expanded further east, to Beechford and Lefroy, and south of Beaconsfield. About a dozen wine producers were already affected by the previous control zone east of Devonport, implemented soon after the pest was detected at Spreyton and on Flinders Island.

Source ABC News

Fruit Fly detected in Tasmania

The Spreyton-centred 15-kilometre control zone has had to be extended to include George Town and surrounds. Image: Biosecurity Tasmania.

Biosecurity Tasmania said surveillance activities around George Town were continuing in an effort to detect any further evidence of the pests, and a forum was being organised to allow growers to talk directly with authorities.

The discovery further threatens the state’s fruit fly-free status, which it relies on to export fruit to key markets in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.

An estimated three-quarters of Tasmania’s $50 million fruit export industry is attributable to its fruit fly-free status.

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