Cobram fruit growers and suppliers are calling on anyone with a fruit tree or vegetable garden to invest in a fruit fly trap to prevent any potential infestation.RANDALL JOHNSTON December 7, 2012 4:30am
Cobram fruit growers Adrian Conti, Frank Diaco and Sam Sorrenti say changes to Department of Primary Industries’ policy regarding fruit fly mean the whole community will need to protect their own vegetable gardens and fruit trees this summer.
Cobram fruit growers and suppliers are calling on anyone with a fruit tree or vegetable garden to invest in a fruit fly trap to prevent any potential infestation.
The Department of Primary Industries is in the process of de-regulating fruit fly control due to the high number of outbreaks and increasing cost of controlling the pest in Northern Victoria.
Cobram Fruitgrowers Association president Frank Diaco said he would encourage people to invest in a trap, which cost about $20 to $30.
‘‘If the townspeople don’t get on board (by laying their own traps) we won’t get anywhere,’’ Mr Diaco said.
‘‘In the past if there was an outbreak, the department would go around spraying and baiting, but this will no longer occur and the onus will fall back the community in general to protect their own area.’’
Cobram fruit grower Sam Sorrenti said protecting the area from fruit fly was vital.
‘‘It’s important to the industry and the industry is important to Cobram,’’ Mr Sorrenti said.
‘‘It’s the livelihood of the area .
Fellow grower Adrian Conti agreed saying in the instance an outbreak occurred, the cost of treatment was considerable and it had an impact on the local economy in general.
The three growers collectively employ more than 100 people and more than 50 growers in the wider Cobram area could potentially be affected if an outbreak was to occur.
Fruit fly traps are available at Mitre 10 Cobram.
With the annual SpringNats festival coming to Shepparton Showgrounds this weekend, police have issued a timely warning for drivers.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Cricket Club has hosted the first ever ACA Masters contest at the Stan Hargreaves Oval in Yarrawonga.
There was a good turnout for Wednesday’s Remembrance Day service in Tatura, which saw a number of wreaths laid at the War Memorial, and the presentation to Brad Corken, of the Tatura RSL Spirit Award 2015, by president Robert Mathieson.
PORT Adelaide head recruiter Geoff Parker was stoked Echuca’s Aidyn Johnson was still available at pick 45 in this year’s AFL draft, quickly calling out the midfielder’s name.
A GROUP of Rochester Secondary College students visited Bendigo last week to donate blood for the first time.
Bowls Club hosts 49th Victorian Country Masters Pairs
The Oriential Weatherloach has infested the Goulburn River.
The largest ever Strawberry Fields crowd turned out to enjoy the event on the Murray River at Tocumwal at the weekend.
AFTER the hottest October in Victoria since records began in the 1850s, it will come as little surprise that rainfall across the district was unusually low.
No, it won’t be Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer creating the Christmas lighting in Cobram this year, it will be Cobram couple, Ron and Kath Renfrew,
‘Peppinella’ development bigger than first planned
Watch and Act issued for Corowa and Wahgunyah near Rutherglen, urging people to leave now as conditions may worsen.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.