BRANCHED BROOMRAPE BATTLE RAMPS UP IN SA

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					Wednesday, 3 March 2010


   BRANCHED BROOMRAPE BATTLE RAMPS UP IN SA
South Australia is a step closer to stamping out Branched Broomrape, with almost 95 percent of properties in
the Murraylands containment zone free of new growth of the noxious weed.

In late 2009, almost 350,000 hectares around Murray Bridge were surveyed for Branched Broomrape and the
analysis of information has now been completed.

To continue Branched Broomrape eradication efforts, the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity
Conservation (DWLBC) is coordinating free workshops for farmers in the Murraylands.

DWLBC Senior Project Officer Nick Secomb said the workshops are now underway and will continue until the
end of March.

“Branched Broomrape is known as one of the world’s worst weeds and is contained in Australia to an area
around Murray Bridge, so we are targeting it under our Branched Broomrape Eradication Program,” said Mr
Secomb.

“It can have a devastating effect on a range of crops, reducing annual yields by about 30 per cent and able to
cause production losses amounting to millions of dollars each year. It’s also capable of spreading outside of
the current containment zone to other areas of southern South Australia and into other Australian states.

“However, it’s great to see positive survey results like those from late 2009 which show we are on track to
achieve our goal of eradicating Branched Broomrape from South Australia by 2025.

“The workshops we are coordinating enable local farmers to meet with experts and develop management
plans for this season to stop Branched Broomrape affecting their property, or to control it if the weed is already
present. At the workshops, we discuss the Broomrape growth cycle, management of Branched Broomrape in
pastures, and the correct timing to apply herbicides.

“They will be beneficial to all farmers in the containment area, especially those battling Branched Broomrape
on their property – and those who do attend will qualify for grants under the Branched Broomrape Eradication
Program.”

The farm plan workshops are also supported by Rural Solutions SA, and are being held at Murray Bridge,
Karoonda, Tailem Bend, Bow Hill and Mannum. More information about Branched Broomrape is available at
http://www.dwlbc.sa.gov.au/biosecurity/bbp/index.html or to register to attend a workshop, contact the
Broomrape Control Centre on 1800 245 704.


For further information contact | Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation
Natalie Di Fava, Media Adviser, Ph: 0428 472 088

				
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