The Nationals back our growers on fruit fly, but will Labor?

The Nationals Leader and Shadow Minister for Agriculture Peter Walsh and Nationals Member for Mildura Peter Crisp are calling on the Andrews Labor Government to back our growers and drop its plan to axe the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Committee.

Mr Crisp said Sunraysia’s horticultural sector is a key part of the regional economy and protecting it is a no-brainer.

“At a time when our growers are expanding into new overseas markets and consumers all over the world are hooked on Sunraysia fruit, fruit fly control is absolutely vital,” Mr Crisp said.

“Without fruit fly control, everything our horticulture industry has built over decades is at stake.

“After everything they contribute to Victoria, our hardworking farmers deserve the support of the Andrews Labor Government.”

Mr Walsh said the committee has served Sunraysia well and the government needed to support it to continue.

“The Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area Committee has made solid contributions in recent years, such as tree removal, trap maintenance and boosting public awareness,” he said.

“The Nationals understand the critical importance of good biosecurity measures to protect our booming agriculture sector, but Daniel Andrews proves again his city-centric Labor government has no interest in the issues beyond Melbourne’s tram tracks.

“The Andrews Labor Government must properly consult with our horticulture sector and hold another vote outside the extremely busy picking period.”

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