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VIC Government fights Fruit Fly in Sunraysia

  • Posted on Monday 9th, July 2018.

The Victorian Government continues to back the fight against Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in the Sunraysia region, through the second round of funding under the Managing Fruit Fly – Regional Action Plan Grants Program.

Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, announced $348,490 for the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee for fruit fly management activities.

The grant will help the Committee continue operations to the end of its term in December, and roll out initiatives that align with the Managing fruit fly in Victoria Action Plan and Regional Action Plan in the Greater Sunraysia area.

The Victorian Government will continue to support and work with growers in the region, with discussions underway with industry around the prospect of a petition for a new vote and industry development order.

The second round of the Regional Action Plan Grants is a part of the Government’s larger $6.7 million Managing Fruit Fly – Regional Grants Program.

The program reportedly supports a coordinated and collaborative approach to fruit fly management in Victoria, with a special focus on projects that contribute to protecting local horticultural industries.

“Queensland Fruit Fly is a serious pest and needs a collaborative approach to reduce its impact on the state’s horticultural industries, which are worth $1.1 billion to Victoria’s export economy,” said Pulford. “Managing fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility and these grants enable industry and the community to take ownership of fruit fly control in their region.”

Last month, Container logistics operator, ACFS Port Logistics, announced its continued support and relationship with Wakefield Transport in the Sunraysia region for a further contracted term.

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