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Solution for all growers
COMMERCIAL growers with insect resistance
problems are being offered a solution – a free
250 millilitre bottle of PyBo, which makes 250
litres of spraying solution. This is enough to treat a small patch of crop using your
present application technique and equipment. Western flower thrip and silverleaf
whiteflies are the usual suspects for resistance, but natural pyrethrum kills them
and most other troublesome pests.
Details: Ion Staunton 1800 123 457.
Employment links that work
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experienced and well-established employment
service specialist with 24 offices across South Australia. For more than 20 years,
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DEEWR staff Douglas Hay and Esther Ewagata were promoting the scheme
at the recent PCA conference in Adelaide.
Helping hands ready
to work in viticulture
AUSVEG has reminded growers to make
the most of the Pacific Seasonal Workers
Organised through the Queensland
Department of Education, Employment
and Workplace Relations helps growers
by arranging short-term labour from
islands such as Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.
AUSVEG chief executive officer Richard
Mulcahy said many Australian farms
faced problems finding a reliable
workforce in busy periods of the year.
“Vegetable and fruit growers previously
relied on backpacker labour, which is
becoming increasingly scarce with the
uncertain global financial situation,
leading to less people spending on
travel,” Mr Mulcahy said.
“The pilot scheme benefits growers as
the workforce remains at their farm for
periods of four to six months, cutting down
on the amount of re-training they need to
do during their busiest periods of the year.”
“Another benefit of this scheme is that
often workers return to the same farm
year after year, meaning skills are retained
and overall efficiency is improved.”
The scheme also assists keen workers
from Pacific islands, where opportunities
for work can be scarce.
Workers are paid to Australian
standards with money earned often used
to support their families back home.
“A scheme like this is beneficial for all
parties involved because growers benefit
through access to reliable and skilled
workers, Australian industries are
supported through improvements in
efficiency and the workers benefit through
employment that they may not otherwise
have access to,” Mr Mulcahy said.
He urged growers thinking about using the
scheme to plan ahead: the process of
arranging Pacific labour can take a number
Detail: Pilot information line 02 6240 5234,
Fruit fly: campaign
maintains the rage
THE 2011-2012 Fruit Fly
Campaign will piggy-back off
the successful trafficking
campaign which has run for the
past three years.
The creative elements have
been refreshed in consultation
with industry to provide a
greater visual impact and
connection with travel and the
use of the distinctive stop sign.
Highlights of the 2011-2012
• Maintenance of the $95,000
funding, despite budget
• Additional posters at Parafield
and Mildura light aircraft
• New posters for the heavy
• Existing bookmarks provided
for distribution into heavy
declare it has been created with
the campaign running from
October to June next year and
focusing on key travel times,
such as Easter, school holidays
and Christmas. The FFCAC is
designed to maintain awareness
by the community and industry,
including the travelling public,
that fruit and vegetables cannot
be carried across the border into
SA – and that fines apply – to
keep the State fruit fly free and
the number of fruit fly outbreaks
in SA at historical lows.
All forms of media have been
included in the campaign.
The SA Citrus Board would like
to acknowledge the significant
assistance the PIRSA/Biosecurity
SA Fruit Fly Community
Awareness team has provided in
keeping fruit fly out of SA and
Power pellets put safety first
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contain a natural growth hormone and out-performed chooky poo fertilisers
in numerous university and scientific tests. They are safe for children, pets,
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body, a not-for-profit organisation that represents and
develops the interests of more than 3000 organic
industry farmers, operators, producers, processors and traders. The BFA is
active in the development of meaningful organic standards, lobbying
governments on behalf of the organic industry.
Details: head office on Ph: 07 3350 5716
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