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Bushfire affected growers invited to fire recovery day

The Victorian Farmers Federation’s (VFF) Horticulture Group, alongside the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority (VBRRA), is holding a horticulture recovery workshop to assist growers with rebuilding after the devastating 2009 bushfires. VFF Horticulture Group president Rien Silverstein said the workshop, to be held on Wednesday 5 May 2010 at the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) office in Knoxfield, would bring bushfire affected farmers together to discuss recovery options. “Victoria’s horticulture industry was severely impacted by the devastating bushfires of February 2009, including significant fire and heat damage to crops, soil and irrigation systems,” Mrs Silverstein said. “Many farm businesses are still recovering from the devastation. The VFF Horticulture group encourages all growers impacted by the bushfires to go along to this workshop and meet with other growers to discuss farming recovery techniques and solutions to common problems,” Mrs Silverstein concluded. VBRRA chair Christine Nixon said the workshop would provide an important step in helping bushfire affected communities to rebuild. “The horticulture recovery workshop will allow growers to share experiences in small groups, exchange information and ideas, and hear from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and other business support services,” Ms Nixon said. “Growers in fire-affected areas, including Kinglake Ranges, Labertouche, Yarra Glen and Yarra Ranges are invited to attend. Growers of berries, vegetables, flowers, potato, apples, olives, grapes and stone fruits will benefit from the workshop. “The workshop is being run in partnership with: VBRRA; the VFF, DPI; DPI Rubus and Strawberry Industry Liasion officers; Department of Planning and Community Development; Kinglake Ranges Action Network; and the Murrindindi Shire Council. “I encourage all bushfire affected growers to come along to this free information workshop and find out how they can help rebuild the Victorian horticulture industry following Black Saturday,” Ms Nixon concluded. To RSVP, contact Louise or Stefani on (03) 9689 0902.

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