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Fruit fly restrictions lifted in Tasmania but markets yet to recognise status

Tasmania has officially clocked over into fruit fly-free status but Australia's trading partners will not automatically recognise the change.


At 12:01am on Wednesday, strict biosecurity controls around the north of the state were lifted, 12 months after fruit flies were detected in the island state.


The control zones restricted the movement of fresh fruit from some of Tasmania's prime horticultural production areas, unless it had been treated with methyl bromide or been kept in cold storage for weeks.


The shutdown affected export markets and caused huge financial losses.


"It's the end of that process where we've had controls to protect the rest of the state's fruit fly-free status," Assistant Minister for Agriculture senator Richard Colbeck said.



Key points


  • Growers again able to move fruit without restrictions
  • Federal authorities negotiating to reopen international markets
  • Indonesia won't consider Tasmania's fruit fly-free status until February



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ABC Rural News – 10 January 2019