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Irrigation efficiency workshop kicks off partnership project

The first event in the new partnership between Greater Sydney Local Land Services and the NSW Farmers Central Coast Branch which was only launched last month was held at Peats Ridge on Thursday, 2 March.

Sustainable Farming Development Officer Sonia Lee said the workshop showcased the latest information on soil moisture monitoring techniques.

“Growers were also given a firsthand look at a monitoring system in action on NSW Farmers Branch President Tim Kemp’s avocado farm.”

Mr Kemp said the growers who attended showed strong interest in the topics on offer.

"Soil moisture monitoring is the key to successful irrigation management and water savings,” Mr Kemp. "The field day was a great introduction to the topic."

Other topics covered included avoiding nutrient loss and maintaining moisture levels during stages of critical crop growth.

With further field days and events planned as part of the new partnership, growers are invited to have their say on topics to boost local knowledge and farm sustainability.

“We’ve already received topic suggestions including soil health, productive use of compost, pest management, robotics and further sessions on irrigation” Ms Lee said.

“I am keen to hear more from farmers so we can tailor their needs and ensure we achieve the best outcomes for our agricultural industry as possible.”

For more information about the program or to discuss your ideas, email Sonia Lee or call her on (02) 4355 8210.

The partnership is coordinated by the NSW Farmers Central Coast Horticulture Branch under the NSW Government’s Local Landcare Coordinators initiative.

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