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FRUIT FLY FIGHT GOES TO THE SKY

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As the fight against fruit fly continues locally, programs in Adelaide also continue to ramp up.

Over the next 10 weeks Almost 100 million sterile fruit flies will be released from the sky to combat metropolitan fruit fly outbreaks to help protect thousands of jobs in South Australia’s horticulture industry.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the male sterile fruit flies will seek out female fruit flies in the outbreak areas.

Currently more than 400 staff on the ground undertaking baiting and fruit stripping operations across the outbreak areas, at a cost of almost $20 million in the eradication effort to date.

Further information on the fruit fly response can be found via www.fruitfly.sa.gov.au 

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