Quarantine restrictions in the Ceduna Mediterranean fruit fly (Medfly) outbreak area have been lifted following a successful eradication program.
A fruit fly outbreak was declared in Ceduna after the detection of larvae in the area on 14 June 2018.
Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said it was a whole of community effort to eradicate Medfly from Ceduna.
“I thank residents and businesses for their efforts during the quarantine period and recognise their assistance in eliminating the threat of fruit fly in the area,” said Minister Whetstone.
“They were informed about what to do and their cooperation during the eradication program was essential to its success.
“Medfly has been eradicated from the area through a combination of baiting and hygiene operations, as well as the release of sterile fruit flies.”
Meanwhile, the local community is reminded the Medfly eradication program in nearby Thevenard continues and quarantine restrictions in the area remain in place.
Local Member for Flinders Peter Treloar remains positive the Thevenard eradication program will also be a success and reminds locals to play their part in combating the threat of fruit fly.
“Residents and businesses in the Thevenard quarantine zone can help to eliminate fruit fly in the area by practicing a few simple measures at home,” said Mr Treloar.
“These include maintaining good backyard hygiene and picking up any fruit or fruiting vegetables from the ground.
“Residents are reminded if they suspect maggots in their fruit, report it to the fruit fly hotline, 1300 666 010.”
Minister Whetstone said protecting our horticulture industry from fruit fly is everyone’s responsibility.
“The message for travellers is simple – make sure you don’t bring in host fruit and vegetables from interstate and protect our vital $1.2 billion fruit fly vulnerable horticulture industry,” said Minister Whetstone.
The Thevenard quarantine is expected to be lifted on 24 October 2019.
For more information on how you can help keep South Australia fruit fly free, visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/fruitfly