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Fruit fly zones relaxed

Biosecurity Tasmania has announced restrictions will be relaxed to enable growers impacted by fruit fly to sell their produce within the control zones.

President of Fruit Growers Tasmania Nick Hansen says the changes are a major step forward and will provide relief for many farmers.

"It will enable the growers within the control areas to re-establish their relationships with sellers and the retailers. There's still not allowed to be fruit moved outside of the control area but the growers can now sell from their farm gate."

From October 1 untreated fruit will be allowed to be moved and sold within the 15km control zones, but existing control measures will stay in place for properties within the 1.5 kilometre infected areas where fruit fly was found last summer.

The control zones include the areas of Sheffield to George Town, Hillwood areas and the Furneaux Group of Islands.

Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney says the State Government remains confident restrictions will be lifted on January 9 next year.