Greater Sunraysia PFA
Voluntary and temporary suspension of Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA)
As part of a renewed program to eradicate Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) in Sunraysia and to protect Victoria's reputation with trading partners, the Victorian and New South Wales Governments temporarily suspended area freedom status for export markets in April 2014.
Suspension of area freedom status enables the industry and government to work together to implement alternative adaptive approaches for the management and the eradication of QFF in the region. The suspension will help protect the integrity of other PFAs in Australia and in the future, the re-introduction of the Sunraysia PFA. By maintaining the status of declarations such as the PFA, Victoria is protecting its relationship with national and international trading partners.
The Victorian Government has made the decision to suspend area freedom status in consultation with the Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer and NSW DPI. We are now working with the Sunraysia fruit industry to strengthen the eradication program and to ensure this action minimises impact upon trade.
What is the PFA?
The PFA is an agreed protocol to help certify that produce from an area does not harbour the Queensland fruit fly (QFF).
It dictates processes to be followed to validate the pest-free status of produce from an area. This means trading partners can rely on produce from a certain area having specific credentials, such as being free for QFF.
The PFA also protects an area from a specific pest and sets regulations on what enters the region, in terms of produce and plant materials, and how outbreaks or reports of pests are managed.
Why does the PFA need to be suspended?
The PFA is currently recognised by several important trading partners. Suspension is viewed as being the best means to protect the long term sustainability of the PFA and its acceptance by international export markets whilst enabling the Government to utilise a more adaptive approach to management and eradication.
What is the Fruit Fly Code of Practice (COP) and what role does it play in the PFA?
The COP is a set of rules recognised by domestic and some international markets as the basis for managing the PFA and the control of QFF. It is also used as the basis for developing international market access opportunities. For PFA status to be maintained, the region must be compliant with the requirements of the COP or suspend the area freedom status.
Will the suspension impact on domestic markets?
Domestic trade is not likely to be impacted as DEDJTR will continue with routine pest eradication and surveillance activities.
What implications does the suspension have for exports? What requirements will it impose on fruit being exported?
Exporters intending to access export markets will need to consign fruit under a treatment approved in an export protocol, such as cold storage disinfestation. Most export fruit from Sunraysia is currently being consigned in this manner.