June 2005. Vanuatu Quarantine and Inspection Service asked for suppliers of strong transparent fruit bags which can be used for bagging fruits, including bananas, to control fruit flies and fruit piercing moths.
Green Harvest is an Australian company that sells fruit fly exclusion bags.
As for paper bags, these can be obtained from Taiwan. Some have a light wire insert that enables them to be tied around the stem at the base of the fruit. They can be used several times, but are not transparent. They can be colour coded easily with paint to give an idea of the age of the wrapped fruit.
Clear banana bunch covers are available in northern Australia (usually one side is coloured to prevent sunburn).
Fruit bags can be made from spunbonded polyester, using a plastic heat sealer; they work well and though not transparent at the lighter densities, the fruit is still visible inside the bag. This material is cheap to purchase, with the labour needed to make the bags being the main consideration.
Fruit fly netting is available from NetPro, Australia: www.netprocanopies.com (Phone: 07 4683 2161) This is used to cover the entire tree or orchard – it will keep out insects as small as fruit flies and, therefore, would also exclude fruit piercing moths. Larger mesh sizes (which are cheaper than those of fine mesh) are available if FPM is the main pest being excluded.