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The South Australian Grower -- September 2009
By RENEE DE CICCO
THE 2009 Riverland Field Days are being
held mid-way through this month, and
irrigation will once again be a strong
focus -- in line with the continuing interest in
water efficiency and irrigation options.
The two-day event, kicking off on September
16, is positioned as one of Australia's best
horticultural field days, and is held at its
purpose-made site at Barmera.
RFD administrator Tim Grieger says there are
a number of reasons that should lure South
Australia's horticulture growers to attend.
"The Riverland's major industry is
horticulture and that's what we focus on at the
Field Days," he said.
"We still maintain that the RFD is the
premier horticulture field day in the country.
Many of the other field days are related to
broadacre farming, cattle and sheep industries,
whereas we are focused on horticulture."
Tim says there is a widespread list of
exhibitors lined up for the event, covering new
products, tractors, machiner y, tools and
Growers can see, try and discuss the
innovative products on offer and keep up-to-
date with where the industry is heading in
terms of technology, machinery, irrigation,
spraying and moisture monitoring, he says.
"There's always developments in those areas,"
Tim said. Included in the mix for the
horticulture industr y are support ser vices,
including drought support, finance and banking
specialists, and industry bodies.
Citrus Growers SA will have a site, as well as
Primary Industries and Resources SA.
Tim says considering the economic climate
and the ongoing drought, which has caused
particular stress for the Riverland, it is a positive
sign that so many exhibitors are continuing to
support the event.
"The numbers are almost the same as last
year," he said.
"We are very pleased given the economic
climate of the world and the environment we
are in, we are very pleased with the support we
have got. It indicates strong support for the
region and we do hope that the public responds
While the RFD might be aimed at
horticulture growers, the organisers have
ensured everyone is catered for. Other features
at this year's event include a caravan and
camping section, home gardening, tr ucks and
trucking and a small 4WD focus.
There will also be an extreme trail-bike riding
display, cooking demonstrations, school band
performances and an agricultural art-wear
Details: Riverland Field Days 0409 099 122,
New products, machinery, technology and services draw horticulture growers to the
Riverland Field Day.
Irrigation solutions star
at Riverland hort event
Grant program helps irrigators
sustain permanent plantings
IRRIGATORS along the River Murray corridor
with off-farm income are encouraged to apply
for the State Governement's grant program to
help keep their permanent plantings alive this
The Irrigated Industry Support Program will
provide grants of up to $260 per megalitre for
water allocations purchased between July 1
this year and February 28, 2010.
The program is available to viable farm
businesses that choose to purchase water
allocation for critical needs to irrigate
permanent plantings and are authorised to take
and use River Murray water.
Primary Industries and Resources South
Australia sustainable systems director Helen
Lamont says the criteria for accessing the
program is based solely on proving long-term
viability, and having an off-farm income did not
automatically render irrigators ineligible.
"Seeking work off-farm is sometimes a
personal decision and not necessarily related
to the long-term viability of a business," she
"The important thing to remember is that we
are assessing the long-term future of the
business, and that is what irrigators will need
to prove. This is separate from any off-farm
income they have."
Ms Lamont says before irrigators make any
hasty decisions about whether or not to apply
for the program or purchase water, they should
at least seek expert advice.
PIRSA will be holding a series of workshop
sessions to assist irrigators understand more
about the program and how they can make the
best business decisions before making any
water, she says.
"I encourage all irrigators who are still
unsure about whether to seek assistance to
come along," Ms Lamont said.
"We have received strong interest in the
program, and these workshops will give
irrigators the information they need to know
before making any big decisions on their water
She says irrigators who applied for support
throught the Critical Water Allocation program
last year will also receive an information
package shortly, inviting them to apply for the
IISP and attend an upcoming workshop
• For workshop details, see Upcoming Events on
Details: Riverland Response Centre 1800 857
1/35 Milnes Rd, Strathalbyn
Ph: (08) 8536 3733
Matthew Keast 0427 396 971
Ken Bretag 0418 824 054
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