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DPIRD display beckons budding soil scientists and bug detectives at Perth Royal Show

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Friday, 16. September 2022 - 9:15

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is calling on budding soil scientists and bug detectives to get along to its display at the Perth Royal Show.

DPIRD Acting Director General Heather Brayford said Western Australia was fortunate to have a huge variety of locally grown produce, with healthy soils and robust biosecurity underpinning food production.

"Visitors can find out how farmers look after their soil to help produce fresh food for the future, and how researchers are working with industry to build new climate resilient systems," Ms Brayford said.

“They can also pick up some interesting facts on harmful bugs and find out how they can have a big impact on our tasty foods.

“The DPIRD display will be open from 10am each day at the Farm 2 Food Pavilion (in the Centenary Pavilion), with free soil and bug-related activities for kids, a science educator and DPIRD staff on hand to talk about the science behind these activities and the programs we run to protect and grow WA.”

Visitors can learn more about getting involved in the TREEmendous Biosecurity Blitz and how they can help spot pests and diseases which could affect WA’s trees.

Visitors to the Dog Pavilion can get an update on the dog disease ehrlichiosis, and how they can protect their canine pals when travelling to northern areas of WA where the brown dog tick is present.

DPIRD’s Buy West Eat Best program is also supporting its members exhibiting at the show.

Showgoers are encouraged to look for the distinctive green Buy West Eat Best bite mark logo to be assured they are supporting local brands and businesses that grow, farm, fish, processed, prepare, and serve delicious produce right here in WA.

The 2022 Perth Royal Show runs from 24 September to 1 October, at the Claremont Showground.

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Jodie Thomson/Megan Broad, media liaison             (08) 9368 3937