Free pest info offered

By Country News

Australian apple and pear growers are invited to attend free training in integrated pest and disease management to help preserve orchard health and viability.

Agriculture Victoria entomologist David Williams, who is recognised nationally and internationally for his expertise in the development and adoption of integrated pest and disease management, will be the key speaker at nine workshops being held around Australia in August and September.

Mr Williams will be joined by local experts and fellow entomologist Christopher Adams, from Michigan State University in the United States.

These free workshops will focus on pests and diseases affecting local orchards in each state, including control measures and chemical interactions.

Orchardists will hear case studies of successful initiatives and be guided through a process of developing their individual management plans for the coming season.

Participants will also have an opportunity to identify a local pest or disease management issue for further study and will be provided feedback on a recently released integrated pest and disease management manual.

Workshops will be held at:

■Tatura on August 21 from noon to 3.30pm; and

■Bundoora on August 22 from 10.30am to 2pm.

■For more information about the workshops, or to register, to go: www.trybooking.com/eventlist/ipdm or email Agriculture Victoria’s horticulture industry development manager Aimee McCutcheon at aimee.mccutcheon@ecodev.vic.gov.au