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Riverland apple growers will
lose their early market advantage
-- and are being forced to pay for
cold storage treatment -- following
the discovery of two local fruit
fly outbreaks last week.
On Wednesday Primary Industries
and Regions South Australia (PIRSA)
declared the Loxton and Pyap Queens-
land fruit fly outbreaks, the first in the
region for 23 years.
A 1.5km radius 'quarantine area'
and 15km 'restricted area' were imme-
diately implemented, and an incident
response team was deployed to con-
tain the outbreaks. The two restric-
tion zones will remain in place for
12 weeks from when the most recent
'wild fly' was found.
Loxton apple growers Pauline
Jachmann and Peter Barry said their
respective harvests fell right in the 12-
week quarantine period.
"I was extremely disappointed to
read in The Murray Pioneer last week
that (Agriculture) Minister Gail Gago
said the Riverland horticulture indus-
try wouldn't be affected," said Mrs
"Because it does affect apple grow-
"We are in the middle of picking
our first variety, so all fruit that we
pick now has to go into cold storage
and be held at 1C before it leaves the
"That's an impact because we lose
that early market, which was a benefit
for the Riverland because we usually
have the apples on the market before
the Adelaide Hills.
"We're required to continue the
cold storage process for 12 weeks
after the last fruit fly is caught, so
that's most of our season.
"We also can't hold our normal
roadside stall, because even if it does
go into cold storage it is still coming
back out into the Loxton area."
Mr Barry, who started harvesting
his apples earlier this month, said he
was "shocked" to hear news of the
He said the apple-picking season
would last for another few months;
the minimum length of time the quar-
antine zones will remain in place.
"Financially it will affect us
because we have to pay for cold stor-
age," said Mr Barry.
"We usually try and get our fruit
off before the Adelaide Hills growers
get theirs off so we can benefit from
the early market.
"But now that we have to keep
them in cold storage for so long, the
fruit will be ready at the same time
as theirs so we'll have to compete
with them. Prices will invariably drop
because of that."
Mr Barry also owns citrus, and said
one of his properties was only 100m
away from the Pyap outbreak site.
"I've got valencias (oranges) out
at Pyap that need to be picked, which
can't be picked," he said.
"It's something you don't expect
and something that you don't really
want to see.
"There's not that much we can do
about it when it happens."
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Breastscreen SA's mobile unit opened its doors
this week for Riverland women to have free mammograms until March.
Located in Hepworth Street behind the Riverland General Hospital
in Berri, women can make an appointment on 132 050 with no GP
referral necessary. Women aged over 50 are particularly encouraged
to make use of the service. Pictured are Claire Forkert and Jessie Chan,
radiographers, and Heather Jennings, BreastScreen SA mobile unit's
PHOTO: Will Slee
growing number of
(RV) and caravan
users will be the aim
of a short-term parking
area to be established
on the Waikerie Civic
The District Coun-
cil of Loxton Waikerie
(DCLW) recently held
a public consultation on
the proposal, with elected
members agreeing to pro-
ceed with the project at
Friday's general meeting.
for RV park
"I was extremely disappointed
to read that Minister Gail Gago
said the Riverland horticulture
industry wouldn't be affected..."
- PAULINE JACHMANN
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