21 Mar 2012 12:39 PM - Media Release
With a large rice harvest due to take place this year, the Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia (RGA) has asked farmers intending to burn stubble at the end of the season to do so responsibly.
RGA Policy Officer Andrew Bomm said it was important that growers take all possible steps to minimise the effects of smoke on neighbouring properties and townships.
“Through the RGA’s Environmental Champions Program we are running a Stubble Management Awareness Program this season, with the assistance of government funding under the Caring for our Country program. This will educate growers about alternatives to stubble burning and best practice when burning is considered unavoidable.”
Due to the bush fire danger period having passed in the rice growing areas, an RFS permit is not required this year. However, growers are still required to do the following:
1) provide suitable firebreaks;
2) notify neighbours;
3) have firefighting equipment available on-site;
4) have a responsible person in attendance while the fire is alight.
A brochure providing more information on safe and responsible stubble burning is available from your local ECP Coordinator or the RGA’s Leeton office on (02) 6953 0433.
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