As part of an educational road show showcasing alternative treatments for fruit fly, AUSVEG will be holding a special seminar at the Brisbane Markets tomorrow, 24 April.

Fruit fly costs Australian growers more than $100 million each year and affects approximately 250 fruits and vegetables.

“This seminar will better educate our nation’s growers about alternative fruit fly treatments so they can continue providing Australian families with high quality, nutritious produce,” said AUSVEG Communications Officer Hugh Gurney.

AUSVEG is the National Peak Industry Body for Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

Two of the traditional treatments for fruit fly, Dimethoate and Fenthion (D&F) may not be permitted for certain usages in the near future. The Agricultural Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (AVPMA) has restricted certain usages for Dimethoate and is reviewing Fenthion.

“This seminar, which will be held in Brisbane Markets Fresh Centre from 9:00am-10:00am, will educate growers on alternative treatments for fruit fly, namely fumigation, cold disinfestation, irradiation and a systems approach,” said Mr Gurney.

“Leading scientists and industry specialists will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of alternative treatments and growers will have an opportunity to speak directly with the presenters informally following the presentations,” said Mr Gurney.

As part of the seminars, findings on recent market research commissioned by AUSVEG will also be presented.

“The market research findings will highlight consumer attitudes towards the various alternative treatments. Armed with this knowledge, growers will be able to make informed decisions about the most appropriate method for them,” said Mr Gurney.

“AUSVEG has an excellent relationship with the Brisbane Markets, and we are glad for the opportunity to extend the road show and hold a special session there.”

For more information on locations and dates, or to register for these seminars, please go to the events section of the AUSVEG website at or contact AUSVEG on (03) 9822 0388.

This project has been funded by HAL using the National Vegetable Levy and matched funds from the Australian Government.

MEDIA CONTACT: Hugh Gurney – Communications Officer, AUSVEG
Phone: (03) 9822 0388, Mobile: 0410 047 432, Email: