GRDC funds for North­ern Pulse Check

The Free Press (Corowa) - - LOCALREALESTATE -

An in­crease in the tools, knowl­edge and con­fi­dence of grow­ers and ad­vi­sors across the Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (GRDC) North­ern Re­gion to op­ti­mise pulse crop yields is the aim of a new GRDC in­vest­ment Pulse Check - lo­cal ex­ten­sion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion for prof­itable pulse pro­duc­tion in South East NSW.

Farm­Link is work­ing with Pulse Aus­tralia in co-or­di­nat­ing the GRDC Pulse Check project across five GRDC sub-re­gions in NSW, with Pulse Check groups in south­ern NSW fa­cil­i­tated by River­ine Plains Inc and Farm­Link in the Rive­rina.

The Pulse Check Dis­cus­sion Groups will al­low grow­ers, ad­vi­sors and re­searchers to ad­dress the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties cre­ated by pulse crops in the ro­ta­tion. The groups will di­rect their own learn­ing by tap­ping into in­for­ma­tion and tools be­ing de­liv­ered through GRDC and other pulse in­vest­ments.

Groups will meet two to three times each sea­son and re­main con­nected through so­cial and other me­dia. A pro­gram of in­ter­ac­tive sea­sonal ac­tiv­i­ties will be con­ducted by each group to in­clude all as­pects of the pulse value chain.

Guest pre­sen­ters will in­clude mar­keters, re­searchers and ex­pe­ri­enced grow­ers who will con­trib­ute their knowl­edge on pro­duc­tion to help in­crease the ca­pac­ity for greater pro­duc­tion in the re­gion.

The first meet­ing of the River­ine Plains Inc Pulse Check group will be held this Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 26 at the Hamil­ton Fam­ily prop­erty ‘Gran­view’ at Rand from 8:30 am to 11:30am.

A work­shop will be held at the sheds be­fore vis­it­ing a faba bean and len­til crop. Speak­ers will in­clude; Phil Bow­den (Pulse Aus­tralia), Roy Hamil­ton (Rand), James Mad­den (Mad­den Con­sult­ing) and Gary Drew (Lupins for Life).

Pulse Aus­tralia’s Phil Bow­den said that de­spite poor sea­sonal and mar­ket con­di­tions this sea­son for pulses, fun­da­men­tals re­main strong glob­ally with fac­tors such as In­dian eco­nomic growth in de­mand for chick­peas and lentils, in­creased Chi­nese de­mand for peas and faba beans, and short sup­ply of pulses in Pak­istan all con­tribut­ing.

“In ad­di­tion, the cur­rent drought in east­ern Aus­tralia, along with the high prices for live­stock and wool are in­creas­ing de­mand for pulse based stock feed par­tic­u­larly lupins, field peas and faba beans,” Mr Bow­den said.

If you would like to be in­volved, or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, please con­tact River­ine Plains Inc Pulse Check Group fa­cil­i­ta­tor, Kate Cof­fey, on 03 5744 1713.

Young faba beans grow­ing through stub­ble.

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