Christina Cook, Manager of the National Fruit Fly Council, said the workshop brought together Council members and regional stakeholders to discuss market access issues and farm hygiene practices in a region heavily impacted by fruit fly.
“It was a great opportunity to find out what fruit fly issues and information are important to growers in this region,” said Christina.
“Attendees were particularly interested in issues such as research on the winter window in Bundaberg, systems approaches and effective trapping of female fruit flies.”
“Another key area of interest at the workshop was developments in in-field management of fruit fly, particularly alternatives to current chemical options.”
She said the group was also interested in receiving more communication from the Council.
“This was planned to be first of several fruit fly workshops held this year but due to the current COVID-19 situation these can no longer go ahead,” Christina said.
“Through these channels we share updates from the Council and information for fruit fly affected industries, home gardeners, government regulators, researchers, and anyone else with a keen interest in fruit fly management.”
“Once things return to business as usual the Council is excited to host a range of face-to-face activities including a series of regional fruit fly workshops and a National Fruit Fly Symposium. This is a great opportunity to work with the Council to plan delivery of workshops that will be of interest to your region.”
Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or suggestions for a workshop in your area.