Gulaptis launches Blueberry Plant Protection Guide

MEMBER for Clarence Chris Gulaptis yesterday launched the first edition of the Blueberry Plant Protection Guide and the Primefact who to consult when planning for blueberry development.

Both guides mean blueberry growers have more in their toolkit to help them achieve optimal production and expand their enterprises.

'The Blueberry Plant Production Guide will help commercial growers protect their orchards from pests, common diseases and disorder common in blueberry plants.

"The guide will be useful for growers to reduce the risks that cam impact on production and the environment," Mr Gulaptis said. "Australia's blueberry production is a rapidly growing industry, with NSW responsible for 84 per cent of blueberry production, contributing more than $100 million directly to the North Coast economy. 

"Gaining a better understanding of the risks and influences that affect blueberry production will benefit growers looking to increase production and remain profitable."

The guide provides detailed information and recommendations on the management of major pests such as Elephant weevil, scarab beetles, aphids and native budworms, and diseases like Blueberry Rust, Botrytis, Phytophthora root rot and Powdery mildew.

In addition to the guide, the first Primefact, Who to consult when planning for blueberry development, has also launched in order to ensure the blueberry industry develops and operates in sustainable, profitable manner. The Primefact will provide growers with the details of the agencies they need to liaise with to take the necessary steps when planning development of their orchards,

"The Primefact will ensure that growers will have up-to-date information and key contact details surrounding farm development including legal dam sizes, water licences, vegetation clearing and land use planning," Mr Gulaptis said.

The Primefact has been developed in collaboration with DPI Blueberry Development Officers, DPI Water, Soil Conservation Service, Local Land Services, Local Councils, Environment Protection Authority and the Office of Environment and Heritage.

The Blueberry Plant Protection Guide, published by the Department of Primary Industries, is available for all blueberry growers on the NSW DPI website and the Australian Blueberry Growers' Association (ABGA) website, and will shortly be available as an eBooks through Apple iBooks and GooglePlay.

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