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Thursday, 13 March 2003
There will be no aerial operation to wipe out the painted apple moth today
(Thursday 13 March) due to windy conditions.
Unfavourable weather throughout the week has prevented the operation from
getting underway. "While the wet conditions from earlier in the week have
cleared, the wind remains a problem", says Robert Isbister, General Manager
for the Painted Apple Moth Programme. "If the wind gets too high, we can't
guarantee that the spray will reach its target areas".
Last week, MAF announced an initial reduction to the painted apple moth
eradication zone, following positive results from monitoring traps over a number
of weeks. The operation, that will cover this reduced general eradication zone,
will be carried out on the first day that weather permits. It may take more than
one day to complete.
Additional reductions to the eradication zone are anticipated in the future,
as consistent results from monitoring traps indicate that the risk of
infestation in specific areas has been eliminated.
The public can free phone 0800 96 96 96 for additional information.
Media Enquiries: Melissa Wilson, Communications Manager - 021 599 734