Growcom begins storm initiative
GROWCOM is encouraging producers to prepare their farm businesses during the storm season to reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather.
Growcom senior policy and research officer Jane Muller said a decade of natural disasters had affected Queensland’s horticulture industry, with growers re-thinking their climate risk strategies.
“CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology warn that we can expect more frequent and more intense extreme weather events in coming years,” Ms Muller said.
“Some impacts of disasters cannot be avoided, but there are many things growers can do to reduce their vulnerability to extreme weather.”
Growcom learnt valuable lessons from Cyclone Marcia in 2015 and produced three videos highlighting wind breaks, sheds and managing tree crops.
The videos focus on strategies for rebuilding and how to implement changes on-farm to reduce future risk of property and crop damage from extreme weather events.
“Growcom’s Whatever the Weather initiative aims to make disaster preparation more do-able for horticulture growers,” Ms Muller said.
The videos can be found by going online to www.growcom.com.au.
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