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Research into bushfire recovery focused on helping growers

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A new national project will focus on delivering practical management options to horticultural industries recovering from bushfires.

The project funded by Hort Innovation in conjunction with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, Developing management strategies to enhance the recovery of horticulture from bushfires will assess short and long-term effects of recent bushfires in apple orchards and other tree crops in New South Wales and South Australia.

The project runs for five years, and focuses on giving tools to growers to deal with bushfire impacts, as much as is possible.

“The project is about equipping growers to deal with bushfire impacts on their crops,” said Hort Innovation Research and Development Manager Adrian Hunt.

“Researchers are examining fire damage to trees and fruit quality.  We want to ensure growers can confidently and effectively respond to future fire events.

“It’s about the ability of businesses to bounce back, address any direct effect from fire damage and return to production of quality fruit as soon as possible.”

Research and demonstration sites will be established in Batlow, Bilpin and the Adelaide Hills orchards, which were directly affected by bushfire in the summer of 2019-2020.

The SA Research and Development Institute is focusing on work in the Adelaide Hills area and it’s Research Scientist Tim Pitt said: “Growers know that the decision to retain, renovate or replant can have long lasting impacts on their production efficiencies.”

APAL recently spoke to a number of growers battling impacts of bushfires, as well as other challenges, about the first steps they took on the road to recovery.

For more information on the project, click here.

Further reading:

APAL welcomes Federal funding for Apple Industry Bushfire Recovery Program

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