Quarantine restrictions that were in place since December 2018 due to a Queensland fruit fly outbreak were lifted on the 30th April. This is a result of a successful eradication program which included the use of Sterile Insect Technology (SIT) and zero tolerance at roadside inspections.
Loxton is located in the Riverland region of South Australia, a region that produces seasonal fruit and vegetables. Prior to the outbreak this area maintained a pest-free status. Lifting the quarantine is great news for growers in the area as it means that access to the domestic market will resume, however the international market access will take a bit longer.
Restrictions still apply to bringing fruit and vegetables into the Riverland Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone.
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Story credit: Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA, the Government of South Australia, Fruit Flies Eradicated as Loxton Quarantine Lifted, Sourced on 01/05/2019, https://www.pir.sa.gov.au/alerts_news_events/news/biosecurity/fruit_fly/fruit_flies_eradicated_as_loxton_quarantine_lifted
Photo credit: NSW Department of Primary Industries