Horticulture

Survey seeks to inform project

By Country News

Australian apple and pear growers, pest management scouts and advisers are being encouraged to participate in a short survey to share their experience and knowledge about integrated pest disease management practices.

Agriculture Victoria’s horticulture industry development manager Aimee McCutcheon said the survey would capture regionally specific knowledge and experience, and would play an important role in the new Integrated Pest Disease Management project for the pome fruit industry.

‘‘This information will assist our team to build a tailored training program, to be delivered in each of Australia’s apple and pear growing regions this August and September,’’ she said.

‘‘Initially, the survey results will assist in directing ongoing industry support through the project, with online access to information, guidelines and an ask-an-expert service.

‘‘The results will also provide specific regional information for a new Australian Apple and Pear Industry IPDM manual, that will promote integration of management practices to optimise monitoring and management of pests and diseases.

‘‘We are encouraging all people involved in the apple and pear industry to take part in this short survey.’’

■The survey closes on Friday, August 10, and is available at: https://bit.ly/2L1sHJh