Friday, 11 May 2012 13:35

Cordon up in fruit fly search

Written by 

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has placed controls on the movement of whole fresh fruit and vegetables within a specified 1.5km radius around Wolverton Rd in Avondale, Auckland following a find of a single male Queensland fruit fly in the area.

"These controls are an important precaution while we investigate whether there are any further fruit flies in the area," says Andrew Coleman, MPI deputy director general, compliance and response.

"The Queensland fruit fly is an unwanted and notifiable insect that could have serious consequences for our horticultural industries. While we urgently search for any further signs of the fruit fly in the Avondale area, we need the support of local people."

A Controlled Area Notice is in force for 1.5km around Avondale, from approximately the intersection of Blockhouse Bay Rd and Trent St in the north to the end of Blockhouse Bay Rdin the south; and from the intersection of Great North Rd and Memorial Drive in the west, and approximately number 33 Maioro St in the east. Note that these descriptions are approximate and a detailed map of the controlled area and description of the boundaries is available at www.mpi.govt.nz

Whole fresh fruit and vegetables cannot be moved from inside this area outside of it. Within a smaller area, called Zone A, which takes in a circle 200m out from the initial find, whole fruit and vegetables cannot be moved off properties at all. However, fruit and vegetables can continue to be transported from outside of the restricted areas into them.

Key fruits, vegetables and plants of concern are:

All citrus fruits, all stonefruit, pears, apples, blackberry, boysenberry, grapes, feijoa, passionfruit, tomato, eggplant, capsicum, pumpkin, avocado, custard apple, quince, persimmon, loquat, olives, oleander, kumquat, crab-apple, cape gooseberry and guava.

Residents are asked to avoid composting any of these risk fruits and vegetables. For disposing of fruit and vegetable waste, they are encouraged to use a sink waste disposal unit if possible. MPI is providing special bins in the Controlled Area for the disposal of fruit and vegetable waste. The locations of these bins will be advised shortly.

"We appreciate this will be inconvenient for the many hundreds of families living in and around Avondale but their compliance with these restrictions is a critical precaution to protect our horticultural industries and home gardens," Coleman says.

"It is likely the restrictions will be in place for at least a couple of weeks.

"At this stage a single male fly has been found in a surveillance trap, and this does not mean there is a population of the fly in New Zealand, but we need to limit the transport of any material that could carry the fly or its larvae while we investigate the situation."

MPI and its partners have deployed investigators in the affected area. They will be laying traps and checking fruit trees, vegetable gardens and rubbish bins for any signs of fruit flies.

"It is vital that we ascertain if the insect is a solitary find or if there is a wider population in Auckland," Coleman says.

"MPI's staff will be doing all they can as fast as they can to establish what we are dealing with but the community is essential to the effectiveness of our biosecurity response."

If further fruit flies are found, the Ministry says there will not be aerial spraying of insecticides as there are other more effective treatment methods available.

Full information will be regularly updated on www.mpi.govt.nz.

Call MPI to report any suspicious finds or for further information on 0800 80 99 66.

More like this

A slice of farming paradise in Auckland City

Livestock grazing on a farm with a good view of Auckland’s Sky Tower is the story behind the latest Dairy Women’s Network visual story telling project Our People, Their Stories.

No houses on fertile land

Auckland's incoming deputy-mayor Bill Cashmore is ruling out turning over productive rural land for housing projects.

‘Hawk eye’ on Auckland plan

Farmer and Auckland councillor Bill Cashmore says he will be all over the Unitary Plan "like a hawk" when recommendations come out today from the independent hearings panel.

Featured

 

Tough time on farm for many

Under pressure from drought and COVID-19, Woodville dairy farmer Ben Allomes says: ‘we can’t shut our doors and just walk away’.

» The RNG Weather Report

» Latest Print Issues Online

The Hound

Deafening silence

Your old mate reckons it’s incredible how people’s attitudes have changed since the COVID-19 crisis hit us.

Celibate times

A mate of the Hound’s reckons the COVID lockdown must be getting serious when we are being told not to…

» Connect with Rural News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Popular Reads

Rules driving farmers out

New farming rules around sustainability are driving elderly farmers out of the dairy industry, says agri-economist Phil Journeaux.