Jan 31 2020

End of 2019 fruit fly response in Auckland

We are very pleased to advise that Biosecurity NZ have announced that the Queensland fruit fly response in Auckland is ending today, Friday 31st January 2020.

This means the restrictions on the movement of fruit and vegetables on Auckland's North Shore have been lifted, and all additional surveillance activities have finished, except for the usual national surveillance trap system that is in place every summer.

Further information is available by downloading this update.   

We would like to thank all the people involved in this response and in particular the staff of Biosecurity NZ who have been managing the response over the course of many months.   I have been representing TomatoesNZ for the response governance along with representatives from other affected industry groups and MPI, and the investment in keeping Queensland fruit fly out of New Zealand has been critical to us.

The biosecurity levy on fresh tomatoes, which comes into effect on Monday 3rd February at a rate of 0.10% at the first point of sale, will be used to pay TomatoesNZ share in the costs of this response.

 If you have any questions on this please do not hesitate to get in contact.