Pests in grow­ers’ sights

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

CIT­RUS grow­ers have been trained by en­to­mol­o­gist Dr Er­rol Has­san on how to iden­tify pest in­sects.

The Gayn­dah and Dis­trict Fruit Grow­ers As­so­ci­a­tion held an in­sect pest man­age­ment work­shop on Oc­to­ber 31.

An as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Queens­land, Dr Has­san pre­sented an in­for­ma­tion work­shop on pest iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and pest man­age­ment.

“We are cov­er­ing the ma­jor in­sect pest groups for this area and look­ing at the eco­nomic in­jury and dam­age lev­els of those pests,” he said.

Dr Has­san spoke about how to prop­erly iden­tify the ma­jor in­sect pest groups in the re­gion.

AACC man­ager for South Queens­land Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing, Allen Bruce, said it was im­por­tant to work with lo­cal grow­ers.

“Most im­por­tantly, cit­rus grow­ers need to keep their mon­i­tor­ing con­sis­tent,” Mr Bruce said.

“They have to get out in their or­chards reg­u­larly and iden­tify the pest in­sects that are present, and un­der­stand the thresh­old lev­els,” he said.

“We are try­ing to de­velop more rel­e­vant and more prac­ti­cal train­ing for the cit­rus in­dus­try.”

An­other work­shop is planned for the Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera area soon.

For more in­for­ma­tion on iden­ti­fy­ing in­sect pests visit aacc.edu.au or phone 1800 888 710.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

CIT­RUS WORK­SHOP: Allen Bruce (from left), or­chardist Chris Ben­ham, Dr Er­rol Has­san, and or­chardist Bil­lie Har­ris.

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