Fruit growers urged to sign up for fruit fly alerts
29 July 2016
Fruit growers in the Sunraysia region can now receive an alert if a fruit fly is detected within 5km of a trap located on their property.
The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR) and the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (GSPFA) industry members have been working together to give fruit growers the information they need to manage the Queensland fruit fly in a timely and effective manner.
By registering with the Property Identification Code (PIC) system, fruit growers will be get early notification warnings of any nearby Queensland fruit fly (QFF) detections, Lake Boga stone fruit grower Mr Michael Tempini said.
"The effective management of fruit fly on commercial properties is critical if the Sunraysia region is to be restored to its Pest Free Area (PFA) status," he said.
A PIC is a unique eight-character code allocated by Agriculture Victoria (AV) to a property owner, enabling AV to quickly alert them to the presence of QFF in the area.
"It is the responsibility of each individual grower to maintain or improve biosecurity management on their own property, and to ensure their business is not left exposed to the damaging effects of fruit fly, so registering for a PIC is an effective way to respond to fruit fly invasion in the region," Mr Tempini said.
"I urge all citrus, table grape and summer fruit growers farming in the PFA to apply for a PIC before spring."
"If you grow a commercial quantity of fruit, make sure you have a PIC."
Apply for a PIC online or ring the PIC Helpline on 1800 678 779 to have a form mailed or faxed to you.
For further information or to purchase tags, call the Department's toll-free Helpline on 1800 678 779 during office hours, or visit the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) page.
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