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help growers exit
Growers taking a Small Block Irrigators Exit Package can
follow a set of guidelines developed to help them
understand their obligations and responsibilities before
they begin clearing their fruit trees.
GROWERS with irrigation who are considering exit-
ing the industry can now access updated guidelines
which help them through the process of clearing
their fruit blocks.
Developed by Primary Industries and Resources South
Australia, the guidelines are aimed at assisting irrigators
understand their responsibilities when taking up the
Federal Government's Small Block Irrigators Exit
Riverland response coordinator Maria Patterson said
while irrigators could receive up to $20,000 in removal
costs to help clean up their blocks through the package,
there were conditions irrigators had to meet.
"Not only do irrigators need to dispose of environmen-
tally-hazardous material but there are also pests, weeds
and erosion issues they need to manage," Ms Patterson
"To begin clearing without being fully aware of the
issues and requirements can create a number of problems
"That's why we put together the guidelines, to help irri-
gators understand their obligations and responsibilities
before they begin clearing.
"It's already a very stressful situation for irrigators, so
it's important that we make the process as easy and
streamlined as possible."
The guidelines include information on:
• Removal and disposal of wastes, including green
waste, metal, copper chrome arsenic posts, treated
timber, poly-pipe and trellis wire
• Rehabilitation of land and management of soil ero-
• Management of pests and weeds.
These guidelines may also be of assistance to irriga-
tors removing land from or rehabilitating land for irri-
Copies of the guidelines are available from the
Riverland Response Centre in Berri, the PIRSA web-
site or the drought hotline.
For more information on the Small Block Irrigators
Exit Package, contact Centrelink.
Details: PIRSA drought hotline 180 20 20 or
pir.sa.gov.au/drought; Centrelink 1800 050 015
State navel crop
THE coming South
Australian navel crop is
unlikely to be as low as
first thought, although the
total har vest is still expected to
be below 2009 figures.
"It appears the impact of
unseasonally high temperatures
which affected fruit set late last
year did not have the same
impact on all trees and orchards
and therefore crops are not
down as much as first feared,"
citrus crop estimates comittee
chairman Kym Thiel said.
The navel crop estimate had
been lifted to between 50,000
tonnes and 55,000t, with qual-
ity, size and taste looked excel-
lent at this stage.
"The 2009 navel crop came in
just under 82,000t so the 2010
crop is down, but the one thing
that is certain is that crops will
be lighter but the flip side is that
we expect the quality and size to
be better," Mr Thiel said.
Early measurements showed
current season fruit was about
10 millimetres ahead of the
averages size for this time of the
The supply of Riverland pro-
duce is expected to be strong at
the start of the season, with
early maturing navels largely
escaping heat wave damage and
carrying good crop levels.
Similar to the trend of navel
oranges, the Valencia crop is
also likely to be down, however
more accurate figures will not
be known until closer to the
beginning of the 2010-11 sea-
The current 2009-10 season
remains on track to produce the
estimated 54,000t, with a high-
er than expected crop also pos-
The global shortage of
lemons is reflected in the SA
industry, with only 3000t
expected in the 2010 har vest.
About 4500t of tangelos are
expected, while the grapefruit
har vest has been estimated at
1000t. New plantings of man-
darins coming into production
will raise production to approx-
Details: South Australian Citrus
Industry Development Board 08 8162
5183 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Just letting you know how happy we are with the unit we installed to a Boundary riders cottage on the Dog Fence. Toona Cottage is about 30km east
of Cameron Corner and only has access to bore water which is very salty.
Grass would not grow, showering in the water was a chore and the evaporative cooler pads needed to be cleaned weekly. All the taps and shower
roses were constantly blocking up and build-up on the outside of taps etc was unsightly.
Since installing the Hydrosmart, all of this has been reversed. I don't know how or why, but it works. It took approximately 3 weeks to flush build-up
out of pipes etc and we had to replace some spouts and roses etc.
Now lawn and vegetables grow, the cooler pads have not been cleaned yet this summer and a proper lather up is possible in the shower.
We now intend ordering a larger unit to service 4 cottages at Smithville.
Tony Mayo -- Operations Manager
Wild Dog Destruction Board
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