The aim of the Project is to create awareness, education and engagement amongst the community, industry and government through an innovative Fruit Fly Area Wide Management (FFAWM) strategy. This engagement relies on us instilling a sense of ownership across the wider community, so that the control is QFF is driven by all of us – the community, industry and local government agencies.
The funding provided by the Victorian Government’s Fruit Fly Grants Program, has enabled the support and coordination of the GMVFFAWM Project which has brought about a massive reduction in QFF numbers – nearly 60% across the GMV and 83% in Cobram.
We have made significant progress towards achieving Area of Low Pest Pressure status and a Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) Trial release commenced in Cobram in March 2019. The sterile fly release will continue for a three year period. This trial, is underpinned by the project FFAWM Action Plan and involves the airborne release of sterile male QFF over the township of Cobram with a control site at Mooroopna.
The project was also awarded both the Victorian Achiever of the Year Award and Victorian Agriculture Innovation Award in 2019.