The Tasmanian Government is continuing its efforts to eradicate fruit fly from the State.
Approximately 100 Departmental staff are working alongside stakeholders and industry representatives working on baiting, spraying, trapping, inspecting, monitoring and planning in the control zones. It is important to recognise that no fruit flies have been detected outside of the two control areas.
Currently there are more than 1000 fruit fly traps being monitored all around Tasmania, with many around Hobart.
The Minister for Primary Industries has contacted the Victorian Minister about the most recent incident involving an infected grapefruit found in Tasmania, which had been through a treatment facility in Victoria.
As outlined in the strategy 'Maintaining Tasmania’s freedom from fruit fly’ released last year, the Tasmanian Government is investigating a range of alternatives to treating fruit prior to entry into Tasmania.
The Government is continuing to work closely with industry and stakeholders in the current response to fruit fly, and thanks Tasmanians for their continued vigilance. Anyone with concerns around fruit fly should contact the Biosecurity Tasmania hotline on 6165 3774.
Further information about fruit fly can also be found at the DPIPWE website.
(From Tasmanian Government media release - 29 March 2018)