Fruit flies are one of the world’s most economically important horticultural pests. Together, the Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland fruit fly jointly threaten a substantial portion of Australia’s $9 billion horticulture sector.
These two species can affect a wide range of crops and a problem in one crop or location can soon spread. To effectively manage this threat requires a cooperative approach between industries, governments and local residents. These efforts are supported by extensive research program undertaken by universities, state governments, the CSIRO, commercial parties and industry groups.
These efforts all contribute towards the goal that Australia will have a viable, cost-effective and sustainable approach to fruit fly management and ensure that fruit flies are not a constraint to sustainable production or a significant barrier to market access. This goal was first stated in the National Fruit Fly Strategy (NFFS), a 2008 initiative to improve the way Australia manages the world’s most significant horticultural pest.Read about the National Fruit Fly Strategy NFFS Fact Sheet
In seeking to drive a nationally coordinated approach to improving fruit fly management, the National Fruit Fly Council has been established to oversee the implementation of the NFFS, to monitor progress, and influence and support fruit fly management efforts being undertaken across Australia.
The National Fruit Fly Council will be tracking progress against the National Fruit Fly Strategy Implementation Action Plan, and identifying changing priorities within market access and biosecurity, operations, legislation, and research and development. The long-term goal for the Council is to influence policies and research priorities, to drive a cost-effective approach to managing fruit flies within Australia, improve market access opportunities, and ensure ongoing protection from exotic species.Learn about the National Fruit Fly Council