Beware of unwanted fruit fly travelling companions
29 September 2016
With a long weekend capping off the school holidays, if you're going away remember to leave your fruit at home and avoid the risk of spreading Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF).
QFF is a significant pest which can infest many varieties of fruit and vegetables and poses a major risk to Victoria's $2.4 billion horticultural industry.
Agriculture Victoria's Statewide Fruit Fly Coordinator, Cathy Mansfield, said the best way to prevent the spread of fruit fly is by not taking host fruits or fruiting vegetables with you when you travel.
"Produce grown in home gardens is especially risky because it has a higher chance of being infested with fruit fly maggots than store-bought produce," Ms Mansfield said.
"Fruit fly affects common backyard fruit varieties like lemons, mandarins and strawberries as well as spring fruiting vegetables such as capsicums and chillies."
Popular parts of the state also known for their horticulture production are the Goulburn Valley, the Yarra Valley, Harcourt near Bendigo and the Sunraysia region in the north-west.
People travelling to and from these areas need to take particular note of the risks presented by fruit fly infestation.
"Remember that we all have a responsibility to stop the spread of fruit fly. Reminding yourself to leave your fruit before you travel is a simple, but important contribution we can all make," Ms Mansfield said.
Read more about managing QFF at www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/qff, or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186 for more information.
Categorised under: Biosecurity