Industry management of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area
The new Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Committee (GSPFAIDC) will oversee pest control efforts in Sunraysia on behalf of citrus, stone fruit and table grape growers.
The Committee is independently chaired and includes representatives from Sunraysia Citrus Growers, the Swan Hill Summer Fruits Development Association and the Australian Table Grape Association. The Victorian Government worked closely with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries and industry bodies to prepare the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Industry Development Order in 2014.
What is the Pest Free Area?
The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area (PFA) is an area along the Murray and Darling Rivers in New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria – extending down both sides of the Darling River from Pooncarie to Wentworth and along the Murray River to Barham. Below is a map of the area.
A PFA enables growers to demonstrate pest free status in relation to QFF. Obtaining or maintaining a PFA may result in higher returns to growers through:
- Providing faster access to more markets;
- Providing access to more lucrative markets;
- Allowing growers to avoid a range of pre-sale treatment interventions on harvested fruit; and
- Reducing production losses
The Victorian and NSW governments have temporarily suspended the QFF area freedom status of the GSPFA for international trade. This is a voluntary suspension. This decision was made as a result of the ongoing QFF outbreaks experienced by the region and a strong desire to maintain confidence in Victoria’s ability to meet phytosanitary requirements associated with international export markets. Reinstatement of the pest free status requires effective management by industry leaders, growers and governments to demonstrate that QFF is under control within the region.
The GSPFAIDC will manage prevention and eradiation activities targeted at controlling Queensland Fruit Fly. Growers in the area will pay a charge towards these activities if they have at least 150 of citrus fruit bearing trees; or produce at least 1,000kg of stone fruit or table grapes per annum.
The charge in the first year will be $3.00 per tonne. The charge will be collected at packing sheds for citrus growers and when buying boxes from a box supplier for packing stone fruit and table grapes. Growers, residents and landowners within the PFA are urged to contact Project Officer, Mr Sam Testa firstname.lastname@example.org should they seek further information.
Click on the link below to read recent media coverage, highlighting the recent mass trapping exercises being undertaken by the GSPFAIDC.