The Department of Agriculture and Food is preparing to shine, share and celebrate agriculture at the 125th Bridgetown Show on Saturday 23 November.
Department development officer Jodie Bowling said the department display would include children’s activities, information on agriculture for small landholders and presentations by department specialists.
“People of all ages can learn more about agriculture from participating in our free agriculture-themed games and there will be information for small landholders on managing land, orchards and livestock,” Ms Bowling said.
“We can advise how to make the most of your small property and provide tips to consider prior to making a purchase.
“Visitors can also sign-up to receive free e-newsletters from the department which detail vital seasonal and land management information for small landholders and producers. All registrations will go into the draw to win a fruit tree.
“People can learn from Dairy Team leader John Lucey who will present an agricultural information session at 11.30am, and orchardists and backyard fruit growers can hear from entomologist Stewart Learmonth on managing Mediterranean fruit fly at noon.”
Ms Bowling encouraged visitors to see a display of live sterile fruit flies that have been specially reared and irradiated for trials to control fruit fly populations.
“It is up to everyone with a fruit tree or vegetable patch in their backyard to help control fruit fly,” she said.
“The sterile fruit fly display provides an opportunity for people to see first-hand what a fruit fly looks like and learn about the various control options available.”
The Bridgetown Show will be held at the showgrounds on Peninsula Road, Bridgetown.
Free entry for children aged 16 years and under, when accompanied by an adult, is provided with the assistance of State Government funding.
Media contacts: Jodie Thomson/Lisa Bertram, media liaison +61 (0)8 9368 3937