Avoid har­vester fires

Shepparton News - Country News - - NEWS -

The Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion is run­ning work­shops on avoid­ing har­vester fires.

The work­shops will ad­dress a wide range of top­ics to en­sure grow­ers are pre­pared for the se­ri­ous threat har­vester fires pose, even af­ter dry grow­ing sea­sons.

About seven per cent of har­vesters start a fire each year, in a range of crop types in­clud­ing ce­re­als and pulses, so there’s a good chance that every grain grower will ex­pe­ri­ence a har­vester fire at some point.

Top­ics will in­clude:

■ De­vel­op­ing a plan of at­tack for har­vester fires, in­clud­ing ma­chin­ery main­te­nance, hy­giene and mod­i­fi­ca­tions — pre­sented by Ben White.

■ Vol­un­tary Grain Har­vest­ing Guide­lines and work­ing with the CFA — pre­sented by Alister Boyd, VFF.

■ Pre­cau­tions to min­imise the risk of fires, in­clud­ing the Grass­lands Fire Dan­ger In­dex, and chain of com­mand for farm fire­fight­ing units — pre­sented by a CFA Com­mu­nity Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer.

■ In­sur­ance man­age­ment to en­sure you’re cov­ered for fires — pre­sented by Kris Nel­son, Land­mark.

■ Farm­ing af­ter fire — Steve Whillas and Be­linda Cay will share their ex­pe­ri­ences of re­cov­ery af­ter fire losses. The work­shops will be held at: ■ Swan Hill on Oc­to­ber 2, from 9 am to 2 pm at Swan Hill Foot­ball/Netball Club.

■ Kaniva on Oc­to­ber 3, from 9 am to 2 pm at Kaniva Com­mu­nity Hub. ■ For more in­for­ma­tion, phone Re­becca Barr on 0402 788 526 or (08) 8332 3277 or email: re­becca.barr@ag­com­mu­ni­ca­tors.com.au

Don’t let this hap­pen to you . . . Work­shops will be held in the hope of help­ing farm­ers avoid hav­ing their har­vester start a fire.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.