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Help for stressed vineyards – and stressed vineyard managers

The Australian Society of Viticulture and Oenology (ASVO) in partnership with the Victorian Wine Industry Association (VWIA) and the Department of Primary Industries are bringing a series of drought response workshops to regional Victoria. In the wake of the drought this group has compiled a program which aims to provide grapegrowers with practical assistance and options for managing their vineyards with less water.

Half day forums will be held in Geelong, Knoxfield, Bendigo and Wangaratta, between the 7th and 10th of May. In brief the program is divided into two sections: 1) Water resources and irrigation management and 2) Managing your Vineyard with less water.

The Drought Management Taskforce, convened by the Winemakers Federation of Australia at the end of 2006 wholeheartedly supports this initiative and the unified approach that has been adopted in organizing the workshops. Financial support has been provided by ASVO, VWIA, the Victorian Department of Primary Industries and the Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation. ASVO Executive officer Philippa Pattison sees the benefits of all groups cooperating and commented that “our underlying intention is to provide relevant, targeted information to grapegrowers and to avoid overlap and duplication between agencies”. Joanne Butterworth-Gray, CEO of the VWIA, and initiator of this partnership is pleased to be able to deliver a coordinated drought response to grapegrowers in greater Victoria.

For further information please contact the ASVO on (08) 8410 9855 or visit http://www.asvo.com.au

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