Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Fruit growers in Queensland say the search for an effective non-lethal flying fox control is taking too long. The Queensland Government introduced a ban on shooting flying foxes last year, saying the practice was inhumane. A working group of Government representatives and growers was formed this year to find a viable alternative to protect crops. But Bundaberg Orchardists' president John Kajewski says growers need a solution before fruit starts growing again on trees. "Yes, we can gladly keep going on with trials and do data, but we need a back up plan for when this plague of flying foxes comes in." The Queensland Primary Industry and Fisheries Department and EPA will develop a draft action plan for the Flying Fox Working Group to consider. *ABC

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