Blueberry growers hear all good news

BABY blueberries are fussy little flora and they like 'nicely fluffed up soil.'

The correct care and feeding of baby blueberries was one of the most popular topics on the agenda at the field day for blueberry growers held at Corindi's Blueberry Farms of Australia (BFA) on Wednesday.

The day attracted 53 blueberry growers from Coolum in Queensland to the NSW Central Coast and all points in between, said Department of Primary Industries district horticulturalist Greig Ireland.

Irrigation, including simple devices to let growers know when and how much water the berry bushes need; plant nutrition, the cool-chain process, new varieties which will be available in the future, and field demonstrations of pruning all attracted grower interest, as did the curry dinner prepared by Indian growers and blueberry and raspberry muffins and pies made with Corindi berries, hosted by BFA.

Led by the 'godfather' of blueberry growing in Australia, Ridley Bell, the group also discussed a proposed national levy to fund research and marketing.

BFA grows about 75 per cent of the national blueberry crop and wants to see this reflected in the focus of any research funded by the levy.



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