Yarra Valley and Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) council staff and councillors, students, growers and industry
representatives exchanged Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) management practices when they came together in Shepparton at the beginning of March.
The event was hosted by the Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Coordinator Bronwyn Koll and the GMV Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield.
Participants from the Yarra Valley travelled to the GMV by bus and visited local growers to see fruit fly management in action and took the opportunity to discuss strategies and agronomy with local growers.
In addition to the exchange of information, the day was an opportunity to observe baiting applications and compare traps used in the region as part of the area wide management of QFF.
After visiting several orchards in the region, the contingent enjoyed dinner at the Parklake Hotel in Shepparton where the group was addressed by several guest speakers.
The information sharing continued with guest speakers including the Victorian Fruit Fly State Coordinator Cathy Mansfield, GMV Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield, Greater Shepparton Economic Development Manager Michael Carrafa, IK Calwell Agronomist Russell Fox and Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Coordinator Bronwyn Koll.
GMV Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield said the exchange was a successful event and provided the chance to strengthen inter-regional relationships and advance control strategies.
“Conversations were had and relationships were formed as those in attendance joined forces in the fight against fruit fly across the two regions,” he said.
Mr Abberfield said the spread of the pest was a serious threat to the state’s multi-million dollar horticulture industry.
“Collaboration and the sharing of information and practices allows for strategic gains in the management and control of this pest and we look forward to maintaining ties with the Yarra Valley,” he said.
For more information about what you can do to help reduce the spread of QFF pick up an information pack from you local Council’s Customer Service Centre or go to www.gmv-qldfruitfly.com.au