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Recovery phase begins for flood-impacted horticulture producers

Friday 7 October 2016

As part of the State Government's flood recovery effort assessment teams from Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) have commenced operations in the flood affected areas of the Northern Adelaide Plains.


The teams are currently meeting with producers to assess the damage to market gardens, crops, livestock, glasshouses, farm buildings and equipment.

Recovery operations will also assess the issues of access to clean water, organic waste and waste disposal.

In collaboration with local government and industry groups, PIRSA will coordinate and support a program of removing water from affected agricultural properties.

PIRSA is encouraging horticulture producers to talk to them about damage caused to their business by the floods either through the field assessment teams or the 24 hour hotline - (08) 8207 7847.

Further information is available at www.pirsa.gov.au/emergency_management

Quotes attributable to Acting Deputy Chief Executive, Will Zacharin

PIRSA is liaising with other government agencies to ensure a coordinated all-of-government approach to the flood recovery effort.

Once the full extent of flood damage is assessed we will determine what assistance we can offer.

To help obtain an accurate assessment, we are therefore encouraging growers and producers impacted by these floods to contact PIRSA on their losses and the issues they are currently facing so we can start to assist them to get back on their feet as soon as possible.

Background

The area worst affected by floods in the Northern Adelaide Plains covers over 1100 hectares.

It is estimated there are between around 300 growers who have been impacted by the October floods which contributes to around a third of the state’s greenhouse industry.

The major crops affected are potato, carrot, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, capsicum and greenhouse tomatoes.

No further flooding is expected in the Gawler River downstream from Gawler.

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