Stephano says, 'We're not here to spoil your party!'
Australia is one of the world’s great food bowls, producing an abundance of top-quality fruit, vegetable and cereal crops.
Our produce is consumed in the world’s top restaurants and is renowned as some of the freshest and cleanest, being free from many pests and diseases and the nasty chemicals used to control them.
From my home town of Mildura, in the heart of the Sunraysia pest Free Area, we export some of the highest quality fruits, including many well known and exotic citrus, stone fruit, wine and table grape varieties.
Local producers and their families rely on their pest- and chemical-free reputation to sell into national and international markets like Japan and the United States.
Detection of just one female fruit fly in the Sunraysia means that any fruit must be treated before sale, reducing the profitability of the crop, and hurting rural communities. But we can all do our bit to help!
When we hear about quarantine, we often think about television shows like Border Security. But did you know that each state and territory in Australia also has laws that are there to protect local producers from unwanted pests? We can all do our bit by considering what we carry when we visit our friends and family in other parts of Australia. The Australian Interstate Quarantine website is a great resource for travellers, which helps you work out what is okay to bring with you and what is not.
Remember, we’re not here to spoil your party! We just want you to think before you pop those magnificent home grown mangoes in the post, or carry that carton of juicy cherries home to mum on Christmas Day. One piece of maggoty fruit can mean the difference between profit and loss for farming families.