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TASMANIAN fruit growers
breathed a sigh of relief when
Taiwan changed its stance to
accept the state’s produce after
a fruit-fly incursion.
There was initial alarm with
growers told it was to be more
than three months before their
fruit would be allowed into
Taiwan, the first destination to
react to the incursion.
However, only Flinders Is-
land and other islands in the
Furneaux Group are banned
from exporting to Taiwan. The
region does not export fruit.
Fruit Growers Tasmania
president Nic Hansen said that
given the fast-moving situ-
ation growers should be cau-
tious as the Taiwanese market
may close with little warning.
He emphasised carrots and
onions were not affected.
Six adult male fruit flies
have now been trapped in Tas-
mania, five on Flinders Island
and one at Spreyton. They are
the first since 2011 when two
adult male flies were trapped.
Biosecurity Tasmania gen-
eral manager Lloyd Klumpp
said the priority was to prevent
further movement of the fruit
fly, eradicate it from the state
and give confidence to over-
seas markets that Tasmania
was again fruit-fly free.
Tasmania exports $75 mil-
lion worth of fruit to 26 coun-
tries with cherries making up
Last financial year just
under $5 million worth of Tas-
manian cherries was exported
to Taiwan. Mr Hansen said as
of Wednesday less than 6 per
cent of the state’s cherry crop
was in cold storage and of that
less than 1 per cent was des-
tined for Taiwan.
“The reaction from Taiwan
is not unexpected.”
He said if Taiwan declared a
full ban on Tasmanian fruit,
exports could be consigned to
other protocol or non-protocol
Fruit could go to valuable
non-protocol markets such as
Hong Kong and Singapore.
“We respect Taiwan’s deci-
sion. We had our own fruit on
the Spirit last night and it has
“At the moment China is
standing strong and not imple-
menting a ban and that is on
the back of our 100-year tra-
dition of being fruit-fly free. If
they do implement a ban, it
would be a blow to our repu-
tation,” Mr Hansen said.
Tim Reid, managing direc-
tor of Australia’s largest cherry
exporter Reid Fruits, said he
was confident Biosecurity Tas-
mania had the situation under
“When we come through
this it shows Tasmania can
handle a fruit fly incursion and
take steps to eradicate. We will
know as a state we can handle
this type of scare,” he said. “A
positive is it has heightened
public awareness of fruit fly.”
More reports: P6-7
Fly fears begin to bite
Ewe beaut of a sprint race
A UNIQUE race will again get the dust
flying at the annual Kempton Festival.
What is likely the state’s only sheep-
racing championship will be contested at
the event honouring the history of
sheep, prime lambs and wool in the
Organisers Edwin and Marline Batt,
of Woodlands Wool, and Jackie Hobden
said there was no fear of punters being
“We have only selected the highly
intelligent and athletic sheep for the
race – or we may have selected sheep
that fit their racing coats,” Mr Batt said.
“Some of these sheep are so bright
they could go to primary school or even
to university, but language might be a
problem. My aim is to put the ewe in
Entrants lease a sheep for $50 with
the winner getting $500 and the funds
raised going back to the community.
“Owners can name their sheep, we
might even have Ewe-sane Bolt racing,
who knows. But it will be a ewe-beaut
event,” Mr Batt said.
The festival, on February 18, also
features light horsemen, a working
blacksmith, sheep shearing, sheaf
tossing, food stalls and music.
HOT RUN: Edwin Batt preparing one
of his Merino-Dorset cross lambs for
Picture: SAM ROSEWARNE
After harvest clean up.
Avoid future crop contamination by allowing
poppy seed to germinate on the ground surface
before deep ploughing or ripping.
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