SA commits to fruit fly management plan

Emily Cosenza

The South Australian government has committed to a national fruit fly management agreement and is calling on other states to follow.

SA will contribute more than $1 million over four years to the federal government's Intergovernmental Agreement on Fruit Fly Management.

Primary Industries Minister Tim Whetstone said collaboration with other states would minimise the impact.

"Fruit fly is an increasing threat to Australia's horticultural exports," he said.

"South Australia is the only mainland state to maintain a fruit fly-free status."

Mr Whetstone said the investment would enable new research into fly control.

The federal government expects to spend an extra $20 million on fruit fly control over the next four years.