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Partner release: Training opportunities for Blueberry Growers

BlueberryNorth Coast Local Land Services and Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare are offering training for blueberry producers during April with industry experts in the key issues being faced by the industry being invited to the Coffs Coast.

Key problem areas for blueberry producers include water availability and management, disease control and affordable labour.  North Coast Local Land Services and Coffs Harbour Regional Landcare are working with NSW Department of Primary Industries to address some of these problems.

Soil conservationist Simon Proust has been working with farmers to control soil erosion on their slopes under a Community Landcare project around Woolgoolga. At a field day on 10 April Simon will demonstrate how simple and inexpensive earthworks and practices, such as the use of compost, can restore soil health and prevent and repair soil erosion.

Jeremy Giddings is the Irrigation Development officer for Horticulture in the Department of Primary Industries. He is based in the NSW Riverina, the home of irrigated agricultural production in Australia. Jeremy is visiting farms in our region to help solve some irrigation problems and to teach growers about the design and management of their systems for even distribution of water to the whole plantation, to make sure that each plant receives water and fertilizer at the correct rate.

Jeremy will conduct farm visits on 22 April and an on-farm workshop on irrigation systems on 23 April.

Places at these events are limited and registration is essential.  For more information and to register your attendance please contact the Landcare office on 6651 1308 or contact your grower cooperative.

Media contact:           Pia Dollmann

Contact details:          6651 1308 or chrl@coffslandcare.org.au