NFFS speaker and panellist quotes

National Fruit Fly Symposium

Tuesday 4 May 2021

What the panellists said

Dr Sonya Broughton
Chief Plant Biosecurity Officer, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia, on managing fruit fly.

“There are no magic bullets with fruit fly. We need to understand that the systems that worked in the past will not in the future. Something that works very well is area-wide management, where growers and the public each play their role. This is particularly relevant in peri-urban regions. If we, as Australians, want to have our orchards as part of the landscape, we all need to do our part.”

Dr Lloyd Klumpp
Chair of National Fruit Fly Council, on what is needed in the new strategy

“We cannot put all our eggs in the one basket. We need a coordinated and balanced national approach, with the correct funding attached.”

Michael Rogers
CEO, Australian Fresh Produce Alliance, on what is needed to strengthen the system

“We don’t have to do everything the same. We need to each take our role, and commit to action, to ensure all of the ‘parts’ of the system work for the national objective.”

Wednesday 5 May 2021

What the speakers said

Wayne Prowse
Principal & Senior Analyst, Fresh Intelligence Consulting: on the importance of protocol markets for Australian fruit

“Over the past 20 years, Australian horticultural trade to the protocol markets has increased from 50,000 to 310,000 tonne. These protocol markets are now by far our largest markets.”

Peter Creaser
Assistant Secretary, Plant Systems and Strategies, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment: on international standards and export protocols

“Australia needs to have a role in the IPPC standards development, for our international and domestic market access protocols and to harmonise entry conditions for the broadest range of markets.”

Brett Squibb
Grower, Spreyton, Tasmania: on fruit fly trade challenges for the industry

“Tasmania wasn’t as prepared for a fruit fly outbreak as we thought, and having growers and general public informed is paramount.”

Thursday 6 May 2021

That they said

Dale Williams
Grower, Bowen north Queensland: on what are growers doing to manage fruit fly, and when asked, “What is the most ineffectual thing a grower can do?

“To do nothing. Doing nothing is not an option. Growers must do something.”

Steve Burdette
Grower, Queensland, and National Fruit Fly Council Member: on what are the critical success factors:

“On-farm production needs to be aligned with policies and market access. The alignment is very important, if we have a national strategy in place, it will give our trading partners more confidence that our system works.”

Christina Cook
Manager National Fruit Fly Council, Plant Health Australia

“Growers need support to manage all the ‘off-farm risks’ and things outside of their control.”

“There are quite a few ‘wicked’ problems with fruit fly. It will take a shared responsibility, with everyone playing their role, to make our management a success.”

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