New traps target fruit fly
Sat, 12 May 2012 6:06p.m.
By Tony Reid
Residents in the Auckland suburb of Avondale have been bombarded with information on the Queensland fruit fly, as authorities try to contain a biological disaster.
As of this evening, just the one male fruit fly has been found.
In the area designated "Zone B" of Avondale, ministry officials go door-to-door, warning people about Thursday's discovery of the Queensland fruit fly.
Thousands of homes have now received pamphlets, bringing back memories of past outbreaks.
“I was here when it was the apple moth as well,” says Helen Wood. “I remember the planes flying past and dumping all their crap that they had to get rid of it, so I’m a little bit worried.
Seventy-one new traps have been put into Zone A where the male fruit fly was discovered.
While the discovery of a female mate could spell disaster for our export industry, authorities told 3 News they're not looking for them yet.
“We're using pheromone traps that attract males,” says deputy director general for the Ministry of Primary Industries Andrew Coleman. “It's an unusual combination, but that's how fruit flies are attracted. What we understand is that it is nests of males that you actually look for.”
Critics says it's New Zealand's own fault that the Queensland fruit fly has made it across the Tasman because we've relaxed our bio-security regulations.
“You look at the barriers Australians have put up to the importation of New Zealand apples, which are a minor threat in comparison to the fruit fly,” says Bob Tait, co-director of Friends of the Earth. “The fruit fly is regarded as the foot and mouth of horticulture for New Zealand. It's the most dangerous pest.”
New Zealand has notified its key trading partners and to date there has been no adverse reaction.
We wont' know for another two weeks whether we're in the clear, but $3.5 billion in fruit and vegetable trade is at risk.
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14/05/2012 2:56:25 p.m.
Surprised since I first arrived here almost 5 years ago I was aware of very strict rules and cannot believe that has changed.
I have always thought the NZ custom and docks were on the ball but I suppose their must have been a relax time during dock interception of work load etc.
Pity and sad that things were not kept at a high level.
12/05/2012 11:33:11 p.m.
the companies that sell the millions of dollars worth of chemical to control it will be excited
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