Home' Grower : October 2012 Contents The South Australian Grower -- October 2012
FIFTH-generation grower Ashley Green
(pictured), Hillview Fruits, says that when it
comes to biosecurity, South Australia cannot
afford to drop its guard.
He grows apples, pears and berries at
orchards at Lenswood, Birdwood and
Renmark, and is hopeful pests wreaking havoc
across the border in Victoria and New South
Wales can be kept at bay.
"It looks like interstate they've given up the
fight on fruitfly, but here the fight is still going,"
"I've never had fruitfly, but there is a site on
one of my properties that the government
"They have traps out all season, and I think
they use a pheromone to attract the fruitfly,
and if they ever catch something an outbreak
will be reported."
Ashley isn't just concerned about fruitfly -- he
was disappointed with the decision last year to
allow New Zealand apples into the country,
and wants a close eye kept on imports to
ensure SA remains fireblight-free.
"They've done a reasonable job so far with
quarantine, but need to stay strict or there's no
doubt disease will enter," he said.
SA must 'keep fight going' to remain protected
Fruitfly campaign on precipice
By MAX OPRAY
THE tri-state solution to preventing fruitfly
incursions will disintegrate if Victoria and New
South Wales wind back pest control measures,
according to South Australian Apple and Pear
Growers Association chief executive officer Susie
"It's disheartening they seem to have given up on
such an important issue," she said.
"The tri-state fruitfly arrangement will fall apart if
this happens, and that means we will lose local fund-
"The commitment and local work being done by
Biosecurity SA is so important, and we have the
upcoming In Your Hands community campaign by
the State Government.
"Measures such as the introduction of sterile fr uit
flies into affected areas have been proven to be very
effective, and I understand the SA government will
lobby the other states to continue these programs."
The Victorian Department of Primary Industries is
considering whether to declare the fruitfly endemic
in all areas except in Sunraysia, while its counterpart
in NSW is looking to cancel funding of Riverina
Mrs Green stressed such moves could impact on
"Several countries don't recognise regional con-
tamination, they only look nationally, which makes it
harder for us to export to these markets," she said.
The citrus industry also expressed concern at the
situation, with Citrus Australia chief executive officer
Judith Damiani asking for more time from the
Victorian government before it winds back fruit-fly
"They're saying industry needs to pick up more of
that funding," she said.
"But how much can growers keep funding? The
growers can't suddenly churn out millions of dollars
a year to do it."
"Industry needs time to work out how to manage
Biosecurity SA has committed to step-up vigilance
along the border with Victoria, with the agency
planning to reopen its seasonal quarantine station at
Pinnaroo a month earlier than usual. It will also be
conducting several random road blocks during the
coming fruitfly season.
The agency has singled-out school holidays, in par-
ticular, as a danger period for fruitfly contamination.
Biosecurity SA's manager of Plant and Food
Standards Geoff Raven said the school holidays were
a time when many families travelled and traffic into
and out of SA was considerable, increasing the risk
of fruitfly being inadvertently brought into the State.
"It's important that people remember and abide by
fruitfly restrictions when making their travel plans,"
Mr Raven said.
Only fruit and vegetables bought within SA with a
valid itemised receipt can be taken into the
Offenders found to have brought fruit in from
interstate can face on-the-spot fines of $375.
Details: 08 8207 7900 or www.pir.sa.gov.au/biosecuritysa
Vic, NSW look to downgrade quarantine
Opposition from apple, citrus industries
Biosecurity SA steps-up border control
Biosecurity SA is
so important, and
we have the
upcoming In Your
campaign by the
-- SUSIE GREEN
A NEW report showing human health risk potential for
the widely used fruit fly control chemical fenthion has
prompted the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary
Medicines Authority to release a suspension proposal.
In a statement, the APVMA said it was proposing the
suspension of "a number of uses of fenthion"
following the release of the report showing there was
"potential for short-term dietary exposure of young
children to be at levels above the relevant public
The APVMA's residues and dietary exposure report
shows that a two to six-year-old child eating certain
fruits and vegetables treated with fenthion may be
exposed to residues higher than the public health
"As the regulator, it is the APVMA's responsibility to
ensure that agricultural chemicals can continue to be
used safely. These findings are a trigger to take action
to ensure that consumers remain protected," APVMA's
pesticides program manager, Dr Raj Bhula said.
The move comes after last October's suspension of
selected uses of dimethoate, another fruit fly and
The APVMA's move was not unexpected, with many
fruit and vegetable groups having already
implemented information sessions to growers on
The report recommends removal of a number of
uses such as pre-harvest uses of fenthion on apples,
pears, citrus, loquats, quince, stonefruit, pepinos,
eggplant and tomatoes and post-harvest uses on
fruiting vegetables such as tomatoes.
Uses on all food crops in the home garden may also
The APVMA has called for information that may
assist in developing suspension instructions to be
delivered by September 25.
Fenthion is not registered on food plants in the
European Union, USA, Canada or New Zealand.
A preliminary review findings report for this aspect
of the fenthion review will be published.
• Details: For a full report detailing proposed suspen-
sions and uses proposed to countinue, from the
Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines
Authority go to www.apvma.gov.au or Twitter @APVMA
report prompts a
call for suspension
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