The fight against fruit flies has received another funding boost, with the Andrews Government awarding a $375000 grant to helping manage the pest in the Goulburn Valley.
The grant comes on the back of $559000 which was previously allocated to fund an extensive trapping program and appoint a co-ordinator for the Goulburn Murray Valley fruit fly region.
The grant will enable Moira Shire Council and Goulburn Murray Valley Regional Governance Group to provide an extensive communication and engagement program to ensure people are aware of fruit fly risks.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said it was key for the industry that fruit fly numbers were managed.
‘‘Managing fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility and the regional grants are enabling industry and community to take ownership on issues relevant to their region which will give us the best results,’’ she said.
‘‘Horticulture exports are growing fast, up 26 per cent in the last year. Managing fruit fly numbers is so important for growers wanting to export their fruit to the world.’’
A second round of grant funding will be released later in the year as part of the $6.7million Managing Fruit Fly regional grants program to co-ordinate fruit fly management across the Goulburn and Murray valleys, Greater Sunraysia region and Yarra Valley.