Media Release

National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee gets its wings

18 July 2014

The management of fruit fly in Australia is forging ahead with the new National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee, convened by Plant Health Australia, now underway.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, welcomed the development saying that the National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee is an important initiative which will boost national coordination on fruit fly management across governments and industry.

“The Australian Government remains committed to supporting effective management of fruit fly given it is so critical to the current and future success of our horticulture sector,” Minister Joyce said.

“The National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee will be responsible for shaping Australia’s approach to fruit fly management and ensuring that the most up-to-date practices are used to minimise the impact of this damaging pest.”

Minister Joyce said that managing this damaging pest was also crucial to maintaining Australia’s profitable horticultural export trade as many of our destination markets have a fruit fly free requirement.

“Profitable market access relies upon the effective management of fruit fly, reducing costs across the supply chain and positioning our affected horticultural producers to achieve better returns at the farmgate into the future” Minister Joyce said.

“I welcome the Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) taking a key role in coordinating a national approach on fruit fly research and building an enhanced and collaborative research capacity.”

Under the guidance of the National Fruit Fly Advisory Committee the Plant Biosecurity CRC will ensure a truly national research approach is taken to the benefit of all states, territories and affected industries.

”I’m looking forward to hearing the outcomes of the first meeting of the Committee, seeing the development of a national approach to fruit fly research and development, and the completion of a revised National Fruit Fly Strategy and Action Plan by the end of the year,” Minister Joyce said.