Research plan to enhance Australian horticulture against fruit fly
23 June 2015
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, today welcomed the unveiling of a research, development and extension (RD&E) plan that will enhance Australia’s capability to manage fruit fly that threatens parts of our $9.3 billion a year horticulture industry and up to $795 million in horticultural exports.
“The National Fruit Fly Research Development and Extension Plan builds on the significant investment by industry and governments on operational, regulatory, research and development and market access programmes to manage fruit fly,” Minister Joyce said.
“Fruit fly is a significant pest. Management of this pest will be central to our horticulture industry’s continued supply of quality produce to domestic and international markets.
“This is a 20 year plan to manage the risks of exotic fruit fly species entering Australia, reducing potential impacts to production and improving market opportunities.
“It is the first time we have had a national RD&E plan that identifies priority projects and puts our producers, researchers and regulators at the forefront on fruit fly management.
“Regulators and government authorities benefit from more tools for negotiating national and international market access with Australia’s producers benefiting in the longer term with RD&E to improve on-farm productivity and reducing barriers to trade in these markets.
“The threat of plant pests and diseases will continue to challenge our producers and the costs of eradication and recovery is a financial impact some producers cannot afford.”
The plan was developed by the Plant Biosecurity CRC in consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including growers, fruit fly funders and providers and government agencies. The plan sits underneath the National Fruit Fly Strategy and the National Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy and will operate under advice from the National Fruit Fly Strategy Advisory Committee and the National Plant Biosecurity RD&E Strategy Implementation Committee.
As part of the implementation process, there will be a series of regional workshops conducted by the Plant Biosecurity CRC to facilitate actions under the new RD&E Plan. More information about the workshops can be found at pbcrc.com.au.