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Horticulturalists set to benefit as Queensland Fruit Fly modelling project nears completion

Local producers will soon have a greater understanding and ability to manage the Queensland Fruit Fly as a modelling project Western Local Land Services are involved in nears completion.

The Area Wide Management (AWM) project, which also involves NSW Department of Primary Industries and the CSIRO, will see a model established that will assist local producers manage the impacts of the Queensland Fruit Fly in the Greater Sunraysia region, Shepparton in Victoria and the Riverland area of South Australia.

Using skills that have been developed when mapping other pest species, along with crop survey data of the local areas and information from stakeholders, the model has considered the following criteria:

  • crop host range
  • species susceptibilities
  • seasonality
  • levels of management options
  • effectiveness of controls
  • known behaviours of Queensland Fruit Fly.

To ensure local producers have access to the model, an interactive website will be set-up for landholders and community members to access.

Western Local Land Services Agribusiness Officer, Gregory Moulds is adamant the work that has been carried out will be highly valuable for fruit growers in the Western region.

“The model has excellent potential but needs local knowledge and expertise to ensure it is as successful as possible,” Mr Moulds said.

“It will give local producers greater insight into how the pest acts, behaves and survives which will give producers the best chance of managing it.

“I’m anticipating the interactive website will become a valuable tool for all local producers.”

Producers that want more information regarding this project should contact Mr Moulds on (03) 5021 9444.

The AWM project is being funded by Horticulture Innovations Australia.

Media contact:
Charlie Whiteley, Western Local Land Services, 0428 679 974.