Northern Tasmania was today officially reinstated as a Pest Free Area, opening the door to domestic trade.
Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud and Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin welcomed the news as a positive step forward for the local horticultural industry.
“Northern Tasmania is officially fruit fly free,” Minister Littleproud said.
“No fruit flies have been detected in Northern Tasmania in the past six months thanks to eradication efforts and movement restrictions have been lifted.
“We are working with trading partners with the help of our overseas agriculture counsellors to get international trade back up and running.
“For the fruit exporters of Northern Tasmania we are working to make this happen as soon as possible.”
Senator for Tasmania Steve Martin said the reinstatement is great news for Northern Tasmania farmers who will no longer be subject to strict movement conditions.
“I am thrilled Northern Tasmania has been declared fruit fly free and we can re-commence the domestic trade of our clean, green, well renowned produce,” Mr Martin said;
“Tasmania’s horticulture industry is an important contributor to the economy and our agriculture industry as a whole.
In the 2018–19 Budget, the Coalition Government provided $20 million to the Tasmanian Government to support the state’s response to the Queensland fruit fly outbreak.
$100,000 was also provided to Fruit Growers Tasmania to help producers prepare for and respond to biosecurity incidents.
The Coalition also recently announced $16.9 million to support Australia’s ongoing commitment to a strong, effective, harmonised system for fruit fly management.