A two-year Queensland fruit fly monitoring program got under way last week with traps installed across Cobram, Shepparton, Mooroopna, Tatura and Kyabram in an attempt to keep the pests at bay.
The monitoring program is part of the Victorian Government’s Managing Fruit Fly Regional Grants Program alongside the Goulburn Murray Fruit Fly Regional Governance Group, which includes representatives from horticultural producers, local and state government and community members.
Governance group chairman Doug Brown said the monitoring program would provide valuable data about the fruit fly population dynamics and distribution in towns and farming areas.
‘‘Understanding what happens to the Queensland fruit fly population over a full year is vital to identifying when we can most effectively target our efforts to combat fruit fly,’’ Mr Brown said.
The traps will be located at key locations across the region and checked regularly by the research team across the two-year period.
Mr Brown said the research was key to the future of the local horticulture industry and it was important the community got behind the research and ensured the traps were not disturbed.