Good response to stubble burning campaign

16 May 2012 4:18 PM - Successful awareness program

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia says a stubble management awareness program encouraging rice growers to burn responsibly has been a major success.

The four week radio campaign targeted the Griffith and Deniliquin regions, highlighting the importance of burning rice stubble in the proper weather conditions and urging growers to consider alternatives.

The RGA says there have been no complaints about burn-off smoke recorded by Griffith City Council during the campaign period.

“We’ve been really pleased with the way rice growers have responded to our call to consider their neighbours and local towns when choosing the time to burn their stubble,” RGA Policy Officer Andrew Bomm said. “When people have chosen to burn, they’ve generally made sure to do it when the wind is blowing in the right direction.”

“Rice stubble has also been burnt earlier in the day, which helps avoid inversion layers that cause smoke to settle over residential areas.”

“Growers should also be aware of the alternatives to stubble burning. The RGA Benerembah Environmental Champions cluster group has developed a useful package of information on stubble management options, which is available by contacting the RGA’s office on 02 6953 0433.

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