Agriculture Minister Leon Bignell said the first random roadblock would be held this month and will focus on travelers coming to South Australia from Victoria.
“Road users must observe the rules. All fresh produce needs to be disposed of in roadside bins before crossing the border,” Mr Bignell said.
“South Australia is the only mainland state that is fruit fly free and we want to keep it that way. If you are carrying fruit or vegetables - eat it, bin it, or declare it.
“There are penalties for anyone found carrying fruit or vegetables and officers will issue expiation notices. SA Police will also be providing support throughout the operation.”
The State Government, through Biosecurity SA, has a thorough program of initiatives to prevent fruit fly including:
- 360 additional traps in the Adelaide Hills to support its formal pest free area recognition for the Thailand export market for cherries, strawberries, apples and pears
- A targeted release of sterile Queensland fruit flies (Q-flies) in the Black Forest area
- Trialling the use of smartphone technology to record fruit fly trapping results
“Fruit fly management protects the commercial production of fruit and vegetables, including wine grapes and almonds, with an estimated farm-gate value of $851 million,” he said.
“It also secures horticultural producers’ access to important citrus and almond export markets including the United States, New Zealand and Japan, worth about $170 million each year, and helps maintain our global reputation for premium food products and leading biosecurity measures.”
Go to our Fruit fly section for more information on fruit fly prevention or call the hotline on 1300 666 010 if you find maggots in fruit or vegetables, or suspect fruit fly or other plant pests or diseases.