Arming NGIA members with knowledge to beat destructive pests
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
We’ve always been passionate about educating the agricultural industry on alternatives to chemical-centric practices. So when the Nursery & Garden Industry Australia asked us to assist with implementing courses on Integrated Pest Management for their Biosecurity Capability Workshops recently, we jumped at the chance.
We walked nursery owners and managers through practical monitoring techniques for plant nurseries, the fundamentals of implementing IPM programs, and talked about how pest and disease management can be improved through the use of biological control products and good housekeeping practices. These presentations took place in the Northern Australian centres of Cairns, Townsville, Mackay, Darwin, Alice Springs, Kununurra, and Broome across three weeks.
The NGIA & Biological Services will be rolling out a benchmarking project for IPM and pest/disease monitoring in key businesses throughout Australia over the next two years. This project will assist to promote regular surveillance, standardise monitoring, and pest control decision making. A key component will be the education of how to reduce the reliance on residually toxic chemicals by promoting hygiene and beneficial organisms for biological control where appropriate.
If you have a question about the information in the presentation or want to learn more about the benefits of IPM in your nursery, contact us.