Movement of outbreak affected host produce in the PFA
Outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly (QFF) in the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA) are declared under the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010. Once an outbreak is declared, a 15 km restricted area comes into force to reduce the impacts of the pest.
QFF host produce grown or packed in a QFF restricted area must be treated before leaving the area. Host produce includes: avocados, citrus (oranges, mandarins, tangelos, lemons, limes and grapefruit), figs, persimmons, pomefruit (apples, pears and quince), grapes, eggplants, tomatoes, capsicums, chillies, stone fruit (cherries, peaches, plums, nectarines and apricots) and strawberries.
Any host produce harvested prior to an outbreak declaration can move to fruit fly sensitive markets under area freedom certification, providing that it has been stored separately from produce harvested after this date, is labelled and its status is verified by an officer of Agriculture Victoria.
Businesses intending to consign any Queensland fruit fly host fruit out of a restricted area will require a permit issued by Agriculture Victoria prior to any fruit being moved from the property.
Processing under permit
Host fruit destined for processing may only be consigned untreated under a permit issued by Agriculture Victoria.
Below is a list of treatment accreditations available for moving QFF host produce out of restricted areas. A number of the options are also available for interstate markets. Post-harvest treatments may not be suitable or available for some host fruits.
Victorian Plant Standards Officers can accredit growers/packers to undertake treatments and to issue relevant certification. The following arrangements are available to specific markets:
- ICA 01: Post-harvest treatment dipping for quarantine - All states
- ICA 02: Post-harvest treatment flood spraying for quarantine - All states
- ICA 04: Post-harvest treatment fumigation for quarantine - All states
- ICA 07: Post-harvest treatment cold storage - All states
- ICA 13: Unbroken skin condition - Vic, NSW, SA
- ICA 20: Pre-harvest treatment and inspection of table grapes - Vic, NSW, SA
- ICA 21: Pre-harvest treatment and inspection of stone fruit - Vic, NSW, SA (low chill only)
- ICA 26: Pre-harvest treatment and inspection of tomatoes, capsicums, chillies and eggplants - Vic, NSW, SA
- ICA 33: Movement of wine grapes - Vic, NSW, SA
Transport through the restricted area
Produce grown outside the restricted area may be transported through the restricted area to fruit fly sensitive markets provided the produce:
- is in unvented cartons; or
- has been shrink wrapped; or
- is transported in a covered vehicle.
Verification of all host produce on arrival in the Greater Sunraysia PFA
All products being consigned into the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area must be verified on arrival by an accredited business, a plant standards officer or person authorised under the Plant Biosecurity Act 2010.
For further information regarding movement and treatment requirements contact your local Plant Standards Officer on 136 186.
Note: Growers and packers must ensure that all chemicals are used in accordance with the instructions provided on the APVMA approved chemical label or appropriate APVMA permit, including dosage rates and withholding periods.