Yarra Valley Pest Free Place of Production
The Yarra Valley, north-east of Melbourne, is an important production area for a range of fruit crops which are potential hosts of Queensland fruit fly (QFF).
The Yarra Valley Pest Free Place of Production (PFPP) was developed to avoid the need for disinfestation of QFF host fruits exported from the Yarra Valley. The project was established by Yarra Valley strawberry, cherry and rubus (raspberry and blackberry) growers, together with Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited, Agribusiness Yarra Valley and Agriculture Victoria.
PFPP status is maintained through an extensive network of QFF traps, which provide ongoing assurance that the region remains free of QFF. Agriculture Victoria has also implemented legislation to control fruit marketing arrangements in the region.
The PFPP is recognised by all QFF sensitive states for trade of host fruits without the need for disinfestation treatment. To enable trade, Yarra Valley fruit growers must first become accredited with Agriculture Victoria so that they can send their produce to the fruit fly sensitive markets of Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.
The PFPP project has recently transitioned to an industry-led and industry-funded project.
The Yarra Valley Management Committee coordinates the PFPP project. It comprises representatives from participating industries (both growing and packing), the Shire of Yarra Ranges and Agriculture Victoria.
The Yarra Valley PFPP is managed as individual properties within a buffer area see map . All fruit industries that are growing fruit fly host produce within the buffer area can participate in the project.
All participating businesses (both growers and packers) are accredited by Agriculture Victoria to certify their produce. Accreditation also restricts the disposal of waste produce on site and the growing of non-commercial host produce.
More than 120 QFF traps have been installed within the Yarra Valley buffer area and are monitored according to the national QFF Code of Practice.
Routine reports on trap monitoring are provided to interstate authorities and the PFPP Management Committee.
For more information about the Yarra Valley PFPP, please contact Agriculture Victoria on 136 186. Local industry members seeking to operate under the PFPP can email firstname.lastname@example.org.