Grow­com be­gins storm ini­tia­tive

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE RURAL -

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.

PHOTO: MAX FLEET

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