Important Biosecurity Newsflash

Forwarded from Nursery and Garden Industry Western Australia

Attention all members.
Are you working or operating within 15km of Bayswater?
If so please read on…

A level 2 incident was called on 1 March 2023 after several male Queensland Fruit Fly (Qfly) were detected in a residential part of Bayswater, Perth.

Qfly is one of the most serious pests of fruit and vegetables in Australia, attacking over 300 species of fruit and vegetables and impacting a range of horticulture industries and access to valuable markets. While Qfly has been found in other areas of the country, Western Australia has remained free of the pest.

This incident is evolving rapidly, a response plan is being developed and an online Industry briefing is being held tomorrow, Wednesday 15 March 8:15AM to 9:15AM (via Microsoft Teams)

This briefing is for any businesses that grow, process, transport, and sell host fruit (including those in pots), and will provide some clarity on the situation and the actions required. (see teams meeting info below).

Also follow the updates on line (www.agric.wa.gov.au/plant-biosecurity/biosecurity-alerts-queensland-fruit-fly-updates) and report suspect Qfly via the MyPestGuide® Reporter app or by contacting the Pest and Disease Information Service on 9368 3080 or email padis@dpird.wa.gov.au.

 

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