A new, five year action plan for a proactive and co-ordinated approach to Queensland fruit fly management will be developed to protect domestic and international market access for Victoria’s $2.4 billion horticulture industry.
Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, said the state wide action plan would set out the priority areas of focus for fruit fly management for government, industry and fruit fly impacted communities from 2015 to 2020.
Development of the action plan will begin with a state-wide forum in Melbourne in July. Industry, community, local government and Victorian government representatives will be invited to attend.
The forum will seek to define the roles and responsibilities of all stakeholders involved in or impacted by fruit fly management, whilst also sharing challenges and opportunities for future co-ordinated action.
Once developed, the action plan will focus on strengthening co-ordination and collaboration of fruit fly management, improving management and protecting domestic and international trade.
The plan will see industry, community and government working together to manage fruit fly in Victoria, ensuring protection is enhanced and trade opportunities for all Victorian growing regions optimised.
The Victorian horticulture industry has a farm gate value of about $2.4 billion and accounts for 52 per cent of Australia’s horticulture exports, making it an integral part of our regional and rural economies.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford
“This action plan will provide industry, government and impacted communities with a co-ordinated, collaborative and proactive approach to fruit fly management up until 2020.”
“Collaboration with industry and the community is critical to tackling Queensland fruit fly. The state-wide forum in July will provide an important opportunity for industry and impacted communities to contribute to the development of the plan.”
“We are committed to protecting our horticulture industry and supporting its long term growth and resilience.”