[ASC-media] WANTED: 'BIO-BOUNCERS' : Crop Doctor
brendon at iinet.net.au
Sat Sep 3 19:45:55 EST 2005
There's no doubt that uninvited intruders can wreak havoc on any system and
the farm is no exception as unwanted guests could walk through the farm gate
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While Im not suggesting farmers put bouncers at the farm gate, Im
suggesting that they need to take precautions to avoid the invasion of
unwanted weeds, pest and diseases.
Safeguarding Australias $14.3 billion (04/05 forecast) grain export
industry can be aided by applying good biosecurity practices.
Biosecurity should be taken seriously because grower livelihoods depend on
it and its a pain-free habit easily integrated into everyday farming
Cleaning machinery as it moves between paddocks will greatly reduce the
spread of pests and ultimately reduce the need for pesticides. Weeds alone,
in 2004, cost Australian agriculture $4 billion.
WA Agriculture Minister Kim Chance recently welcomed a joint initiative of
Australian Wheat Board International and the WA Department of Agriculture
(DAWA) that is designed to encourage growers to display biosecurity signage
on farm gates.
He said good biosecurity helped protect WA growers livelihoods from pests
and diseases like fusarium head blight, anthracnose, bedstraw and khapra
The initiative offers the grower a $50 subsidy towards the cost of each sign
and it aims to reduce the spread of pests, weeds and diseases in WA.
One of DAWAs biosecurity objectives is to encourage every grower to
implement effective work practices that minimise and control the presence of
potentially harmful pests and minimize their impact on farm profitability.
Pest control eats away at grower profits, making the implementation of farm
biosecurity the natural way of protecting crops and increasing profits.
In 2003/04 the Grains Research and Development Corporation invested almost
$19 million in 200 projects across Australia in its crop protection program.
The Crop Doctor is GRDC Managing Director, Peter Reading, Tel 02 6272 5525
GRDC REF: CDAug055/Sandow
Brendon Cant & Associates
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Tel 08 9385 7779
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