Don’t be a pest this long weekend by risking export markets

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone is calling on visitors to the Riverland over the October long weekend to leave fruit fly host material at home and not risk crucial export market access.

South Australia is the only mainland state that is fruit fly free and this status in the Riverland is a crucial market advantage across the world.

Shadow Minister for Investment and Trade Tim Whetstone is calling on visitors to the Riverland over the October long weekend to leave fruit fly host material at home and not risk crucial export market access.

South Australia is the only mainland state that is fruit fly free and this status in the Riverland is a crucial market advantage across the world.

Mr Whetstone said with warmer weather forecast over the long weekend and an influx of visitors expected, the Riverland would be on alert for the threat of fruit fly.

“Illegally carrying just one piece of fruit or vegetable into the Riverland can put the region’s fruit fly free status at risk,” Mr Whetstone said.

“The Riverland is a food bowl of South Australia, producing more than 50 per cent of the state’s wine grapes, 95 per cent of citrus, 90 per cent of stone fruit and 98 per cent of almonds. Much of this produce is marketed overseas using the state’s coveted fruit fly free status.

“Put simply, the Riverland cannot afford a fruit fly outbreak. People should either eat their produce before travelling into the region, place it in a quarantine bin, or declare it at the permanent and random roadblocks operating across the state.”

Mr Whetstone urged travellers heading to the Riverland to leave fruit and vegetables at home and purchase fresh produce from the region’s clean, green environment.

“Only shop-brought fruit, purchased in South Australia with a valid receipt, is able to be carried into the region but I’d encourage people to buy their produce fresh when they arrive in the region,” Mr Whetstone said.

“In recent years, we’ve seen the market impacts of fruit fly outbreaks and it is vital that South Australia, and in particular the Riverland, can retain its fruit fly free status.

“Large food producing areas such as the Riverland have worked extremely hard to establish long term export markets and it is critical our fruit fly free status is not put at risk this long weekend.”

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