Queensland fruit fly outbreak declared in Loxton
11 December 2018
By Nathan Hancock, CEO, Citrus Australia
An outbreak of Queensland fruit fly (Q-fly) has been detected in Loxton following the discovery of seven male flies.
A 1 ½ kilometre outbreak area and 15 kilometre suspension area have been established around the detection point and quarantine restrictions apply in the Newton Road area.
This outbreak has no impact on the fruit fly free status for the rest of the Riverland Pest Free Area or the state.
Citrus Australia takes the announcement of the fruit fly outbreak in Loxton seriously and is already working with Government and industry to provide timely advice and information.
Fortunately, the outbreak comes at the tail end of the season and won’t dramatically affect sales of export and domestic citrus this year.
We are confident area freedom can be restored in time for the 2019 harvest.
The outbreak is an isolated pocket of the Riverland which gives us confidence it can be cleared up in a timely manner.
We have full confidence in PIRSA to manage this outbreak and look forward to working with them to help citrus growers in the Loxton area eradicate fruit fly.
For further information, please click link to Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia website.