Exotic Fruit Flies in the Torres Strait Response Program - 3 May 2019

A new Response Plan for Exotic Fruit Fly in Torres Strait was endorsed on 3 May 2019 by the National Management Group (NMG).

The Response Plan 2018-2021 outlines activities aimed at eradicating the annual incursion of three fruit fly species (Zeugodacus cucurbitae, Bactrocera dorsalis and B. trivialis) from Torres Strait. The eradication strategy builds on the approach implemented since 1996 under the Long-term Containment Strategy for Exotic Fruit Flies in Torres Strait and from the Response Plan 2015-2018.

The NMG agreed that it continues to be technically feasible and cost beneficial to eradicate the annual incidents of fruit fly from Torres Strait to provide ongoing protection to mainland Australia. A cost shared budget of $1.642 million was agreed to, which will fund response activities until 30 June 2021.

The NMG for Exotic Fruit Fly in Torres Strait is comprised of the Australian Government, the Northern Territory and all State Governments, Plant Health Australia and the following affected industry parties:

  • Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL)
  • Australian Banana Growers Council (ABGC)
  • Australian Lychee Growers Association (ALGA)
  • Australian Melon Association (AMA)
  • Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA)
  • Avocados Australia
  • Canned Fruit Industry Council of Australia (CFICA)
  • Cherry Growers of Australia (CGA)
  • Citrus Australia
  • Dried Fruit Australia (DFA)
  • Summerfruit Australia Ltd (SAL)
  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council (APTRC)
  • Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA)
  • Australian Grape and Wine (AGW)