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