SA citrus growers gain local support

SA citrus growers gain local support

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SA's citrus industry has received $130,000 of industry funds to provide leadership in growing farm profitability and tackling biosecurity threats like fruit fly and gall wasp.

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SA's citrus industry has received $130,000 of industry funds to provide leadership in growing farm profitability and tackling biosecurity threats like fruit fly and gall wasp.


Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said it was pleasing to see the state's citrus industry prosper.

"I am pleased to see it mature to the stage where we once again have a state-based organisation representing growers," he said.

"National body, Citrus Australia, has done a commendable job over recent years supporting SA growers through the Citrus Growers Fund under the advice of the former Citrus Australia SA Region committee."

Mr Whetstone said Citrus SA applied to receive payments from the Citrus Growers Fund for 2019-20 and was best able to demonstrate its ability to represent SA growers and its commitment to pursue the war on fruit fly.

"The proposal put forward for the funds from Citrus SA represents best value for fund contributors' money with its commitment to maintain investment in the Riverland Fruit Fly Coordinator position, Mypolonga trapping grid and the enhanced South Australian gall wasp program,," he said.

"As the only state to be fruit fly free, the SA citrus industry is committed to eradicating this pest.

"It is vital that decisions about the use of the SA citrus growers fund is being done at the grassroots level by local citrus producers and industry stakeholders."

Mr Whetstone said he expected the new Citrus SA organisation to be a strong member of Citrus Australia to ensure local growers continue to gain the benefit of representation on national issues.

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