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Fruit Fly

The fight against fruit fly has been boosted that’s to an increase in funding to provide an X-Ray irradiator at the port Augusta’s national fruit fly facility.

The latest investment Is hoped to protect the Riverland’s vital fruit fly free status.

Member for Chaffey and Minister for primary industries Tim Whetstone said  “The use of Sterile Insect Technology is a key part of the eradication response to fruit fly outbreaks in South Australia and the installation of a new irradiator at the Port Augusta facility further bolsters the state’s efforts against the horticultural pest,”

The facility at Port Augusta can produce 50 million sterile Queensland fruit flies each week at full operation.

Sterile flies were used In response to the outbreak of Queensland in Loxton recently.

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