The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell says the last-minute announcement of funding to extend the ‘Keep Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Free’ program will ensure crucial work that is protecting our vital fruit industry can continue for the next 12 months.
Ms Lovell said that she was pleased her constant advocacy for State Government funding to help fight fruit fly in regional Victoria had led to a one-year extension of funding for the educational program, which helps to detect the presence of fruit fly in the Yarra Valley as early as possible to trigger an immediate response.
The funding will see $178,840 allocated to Agribusiness Yarra Valley to continue delivering the ‘Keep Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Free’ program to protect the region’s vital horticultural sector. The organisation also engages with land managers to promote best practice fruit production that reduces risk of fruit fly establishment.
Ms Lovell said the funding will allow Agribusiness Yarra Valley to implement an action plan for 2020-21 and she was pleased to have assisted in the continued protection of the region’s fruit export industry and ensure the future for local growers.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“With funding for the ‘Managing Fruit Fly in Victoria Action Plan Project’ ending on 30 June, there was a genuine fear that the State Government had walked away from protecting Yarra Valley fruit from this destructive pest.
“Finally, Jaclyn Symes has agreed with me of the importance of protecting our local produce and the announced funding will extend the ‘Keep Yarra Valley Fruit Fly Free’ program for another 12 months, providing comfort and assurance for the entire fruit growing industry of the Yarra Valley.”
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