PIRSA has declared seven new Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) outbreaks and extensions to multiple current outbreaks in the Riverland since early November 2022, due to detection of fruit fly larvae.
Collectively, these outbreaks extend the earliest possible release date of all current outbreaks in the Riverland to 12 April 2023.
New Qfly outbreaks
- ‘Monash (A)’ outbreak was declared on 30 December 2022
- ‘Monash (B)’ outbreak was declared on 5 January 2023
- ‘Berri (A)’ outbreak was declared on 10 January 2023
- ‘Bookpurnong’ outbreak was declared on 10 January 2023
- ‘Glossop’ outbreak was declared on 13 January 2023
- ‘Barmera’ outbreak was declared on 18 January 2023
- ‘Loxton North (E)’ outbreak was declared on 19 January 2023
Extensions to current Qfly Outbreak Areas
- ‘Renmark West’ Outbreak Area – advised by PIRSA on 3, 6 and 12 January 2023
- ‘Renmark’ Outbreak Area – advised by PIRSA on 5, 12 and 13 January 2023
- ‘Paringa’ Outbreak Area – advised by PIRSA on 5 January 2023
- ‘Monash B’ Outbreak Area – advised by PIRSA on 12 January 2023
Vinehealth maintains a range of fruit fly maps on our website to help you visualise the current fruit fly affected areas. These include:
- A map showing all fruit fly affected areas in the Riverland over our SA vineyard layer
- A map of the ‘Monash (A)’ Outbreak Area including extensions
- A map of the ‘Monash (B)’ Outbreak Area including extensions
- A map of the ‘Berri (A)’ Outbreak Area
- A map of the ‘Bookpurnong’ Outbreak Area
- A map of the ‘Glossop’ Outbreak Area
- A map of the ‘Barmera’ Outbreak Area
- A map of the Loxton North E Outbreak Area
- A map including all the most recent extensions to the ‘Renmark West’ Outbreak Area
- A map of the extension to the ‘Renmark’ Outbreak Area including extensions
- A map of the extension to the ‘Paringa’ Outbreak Area
You can also view all current fruit fly outbreaks on PIRSA’s interactive fruit fly map, and to confirm which fruit fly zone your property is in.
Notification to industry of changes to Riverland fruit fly situation
Vinehealth continues to send advice by texts or emails to impacted growers each time a new outbreak or extension to a current outbreak occurs.
Movement requirements for vintage – a reminder
Movement pathways for vineyards and wineries communicated for vintage 2022 are again available for vintage 2023. However, PIRSA continues to improve and simplify systems and processes and has made some important changes to these pathways and has introduced some new options for businesses for vintage 2023.
Refer to advice provided in our December 2022 e-news for this information and importantly, who to contact for assistance.
PIRSA advises that it has waived the costs associated with accreditation, certification, inspections, and audits during the current fruit fly outbreaks for businesses that are directly impacted by the restrictions. Despite this, affected businesses may experience costs associated with applying required treatments, arranging secure transport, or any other required changes to their established processes.
In addition, PIRSA advises that if your business was accredited last year, a pre-populated annual return form will be posted to the accreditation contact. The details within this form will reflect the information you provided to PIRSA when you applied – do not ignore this form.
If you do not require the accreditation in 2023, email the Market Access team at MarketAccessRenmark.AASLocal@sa.gov.au or PIRSA.PlantHealthMarketAccess@sa.gov.au and request the accreditation is withdrawn.
Free fruit fly bait and lures still available for commercial growers in 2023
PIRSA has provided the following advice for commercial growers located in fruit fly red outbreak areas:
“You can continue to access free bait and lures to help protect your crops and the Riverland from fruit fly in 2023.
PIRSA thanks growers who participated last year in the fruit fly eradication self-baiting and lure program and advises that they have made some changes to the program so it is easier for more commercial growers to participate in 2023.
Growers who choose to self-bait will only need to do this weekly for a minimum of six weeks. PIRSA encourages growers to continue baiting for longer if they are able to. Free bait will continue to be supplied.
Growers now have options for recording lure locations. You can scan each lure using an online form or supply a map to PIRSA showing where lures have been placed. When deploying vast quantities of lures, growers have found it time effective to supply a map.
PIRSA is recommending lures are removed and replaced every three months to ensure bait is still effectively attracting and killing fruit flies. Check the fruit fly website for safe disposal advice.
Speak with PIRSA to discuss any barriers you have in participating in the program, our engagement staff are happy to work with you to provide further assistance, where possible.
For more information about the self-baiting and lure program specifically relevant to winegrape growers, and to register, click here or call 1300 666 010.”