A NEW pest-free protocol in the Yarra Valley will boost domestic exports for berry and cherry growers. In a breakthrough for the region’s growers Yarra Valley berries and cherries can now access interstate markets without fruit-fly treatment.
The protocol came into effect in late January and the first fruit was sent to South Australia in early February. Read more of this Weekly Times article.
Silvan berry and cherry grower Steve Chapman began working towards the Yarra Valley Pest Free Place of Production last year when Queesland Fruit Fly was declared endemic to Victoria. The declaration affected growers around the state but especially in the Yarra Valley where there is no fruit fly and a lot of berries are grown. Read more of this Weekly Times article.