GRAIN Producers SA has established a register for grain growers to supply seed to fire-affected farmers or for them to register seed requirements for 2016.
Chief Executive Officer Darren Arney says the Pinery Fire Seedbank will allow growers to register what extra seed they have retained and whether it is for donation or sale.
“At present, it is still unknown how much seed is required and it could take some time to compile the needs of individual growers so as harvest is nearing its end, we are asking farmers to consider holding back some seed for growers impacted by the fires,” he said.
“Over the coming months, there will be a process of determining the needs for donated seed and seed for sale but for the moment, we just need to ensure there will be seed available and that the various needs of fire-affected farmers, which we know will be coming shortly, are covered.”
Mr Arney said GPSA would attend the Mallala Ag Bureau’s ‘Fire Recovery and Soil Protection’ meeting, set for this Wednesday at 2pm at the Mallala Football Club.
“GPSA has had numerous offers from producers across the state wanting to help their fellow grain growers in need and one of the options has been to cultivate bare paddocks to help reduce drift. Some producers in the fire-affected area have already started this and we will be discussing with those affected what their needs are on this and whether a coordinated approach to labour and machinery would be helpful.”
To register to either donate, sell or receive seed, contact GPSA on 1300 734 884.
For interviews: Darren Arney, GPSA chief executive officer, 0448 186 707.