Obviously, pesticides are an important tool in the production of vegetables. They control various diseases, weeds and insects that affect crops and severe economic losses in modern, high intensity growing operations.
To ensure that the agrichemical needs of the vegetable sector are accurately recorded and understood, AUSVEG is coordinating the Vegetable Agrichemical Pest Management Needs and Priorities (VG16060) project, a strategic levy investment under the Hort Innovation Vegetable Fund. The project’s objective is to coordinate vegetable industry agrichemical pest needs by prioritising and identifying potential gaps. Gaps identified in this process will inform industry actions at the annual AgChem Collaborative Forum.
Patrick Arratia, is the Project Coordinator, and responsible for establishing the prioritisation process in consultation with Australian vegetable growers. Patrick is honing in on singular commodity groups for this process, and will be visiting Bundaberg to meet with local sweetpotato and zucchini growers from throughout the Wide-Bay Burnett region.
The workshops are being held in the first week of May, on Friday 4 May 2018 – at the Bundaberg Business Enterprise Centre (cnr of Quay and Tantitha Streets, Bundaberg). So, if you grow sweetpotato or zucchinis, come along to a workshop to discuss and contribute to an effective pest and disease prioritisation process.
The workshop for sweetpotato growers will be at 10am to midday, and includes light lunch and refreshments – RSVP online.
The workshop for zucchini growers will be from 1pm to 3pm, and includes afternoon tea – RSVP online.
For further information contact Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers’ Vegetable Industry Development Officer, Michelle Haase – 07 4153 3007 or via email. Project queries or technical questions can be made directly with Patrick via email or mobile – 0418 982 572
Source & Acknowledgements: AUSVEG – Industry representative body for vegetable and potato growers – www.ausveg.com.au. Post written by Michelle Haase – Vegetable Industry Development Officer (VegNET) with Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers – www.bfvg.com.au. Funding for the VegNET National Vegetable Extension Network program is from Hort Innovation with vegetable grower levies and funding by the Australian Government.