Trial to prove cherries are fruit fly free

Crop: A trial being conducted on NSW cherry orchards aims to open new export markets. Seventeen cherry growers across NSW are taking part in a trial to measure the effectivenessof pest control systems and ensure their cherries arefree of Queensland fruit fly.
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The trial is intended to help growers sell their fruit in export markets by scientifically proving to South East Asian buyers that Australia’s pest control measures are effective.

The trial is supported by the NSW Farmers’ Association and NSW Cherry Growers andwill be managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.The federal government has contributed$343,000 in funds.

“Smaller exporters often don’t have the resources of the bigger players when it comes to getting their product to market and this project is working to address that problem,” Minister for Agriculture BarnabyJoyce said.

“Managing Queensland fruit fly is critical to maintaining Australia’s profitable horticultural export trade, with many of our destination markets having a fruit fly free requirement.

“The project is about providing assurances to destination markets and supporting smaller exporters land their produce on foreign shores.

“The cherry on top is being able to deliver a program for NSW cherry growers designed to provide a real increase in exports and a sweeter deal for farmers across NSW.”

Member for Calare, Andrew Gee, said so far 17 cherry-growers across NSW were participating in the trialto show their fruit meets the level of protection for domestic market access.

“A total of 68 fruit fly traps will be deployed, andfarmswill monitored by field staff from NSW Local Land Services, which has been contracted to monitor traps,” Mr Gee said.

“Measures to protect thesefarmsfrom fruit fly include pre-harvest monitoring, with associated chemical treatment where required, and post-harvest inspection.

“NSW cherry exports have almost doubled since 2007, going from 525 tonnes that year to 1,042 tonnes in 2016. In 2014-15 cherry production was worth $18.5 million to the NSW economy.

“As a trading nation producing far more than we could ever consume, exports underpin the profitability of our agriculture sector.”

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