How to cy­clone proof trop­i­cal crops

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

NORTH Queens­land’s ex­otic and trop­i­cal fruit grow­ers are in­vited to at­tend a grow­ers’ in­for­ma­tion day on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 7, at DAFF’s South John­stone Re­search Sta­tion to hear the lat­est re­search find­ings on cy­clone- proof­ing tech­niques for crop pro­tec­tion. ‘‘We looked at nurs­ery tech­niques to pro­mote healthier plants with deeper root sys­tems, and bet­ter prun­ing and de­fo­li­at­ing tech­niques, as well as the prac­ti­cal­ity and cost-ef­fec­tive­ness of trel­lis­ing and other prop­erty man­age­ment such as wind­breaks,’’ said DAFF project of­fi­cer James Drin­nan.

Grow­ers from across the Far North, in­clud­ing Ather­ton Table­lands, are en­cour­aged to at­tend. The workshop is part of the Newman Gov­ern­ment’s Get Ready ini­tia­tive, which aims to make Queens­land Aus­tralia’s most dis­as­ter re­silient state. To reg­is­ter your in­ter­est: DAFF Ma­reeba of­fice on 4048 4600. Email MBAAd­min@daff.qld.gov.au

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