Horticulture

Fruit fly found in SA

By Country News

An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly has been detected in South Australia following the discovery of seven male flies.

A 1.5km outbreak area and 15km suspension area have been established in the town of Loxton.

According to the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Regions, the outbreak will have no impact on the fruit fly-free status for the rest of the Riverland Pest Free Area or the state.

SA Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister Tim Whetstone said department staff had immediately started an eradication program aimed at eliminating fruit flies from the outbreak area and nearby surrounds.

‘‘The state government, industry and community members have run simulated outbreak exercises this year which has assisted in preparing local people for the roles they need to play in swiftly eradicating this pest from the region,’’ Mr Whetstone said.

‘‘Residents and businesses within the outbreak area will be receiving information from PIRSA about the outbreak and associated quarantine restrictions, detailing what part they can play in preventing its spread.

‘‘We are liaising closely with the horticulture industry in the Riverland, particularly in regards to the movement of produce and quarantine restrictions.’’