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Thorough preparation reduces cyclone damage on farm
A case study of a tropical fruit orchard affected by cyclone Marcia in 2016 provides an example of how management strategies can help prepare farms and secure on-farm infrastructure
Cyclones regularly cause severe damage to agricultural businesses across Northern Australia. Thorough preparation can help farmers minimise the damage and shorten recovery time. Management strategies can help prepare the farm and secure on-farm infrastructure. These include regular pruning of established trees, selection of trees that can best withstand wind in wind-breaks, cross bracing and anchoring of farm buildings and sheds, and stand-by generation capacity. Post cyclone it is important to thoroughly assess damage and work out a strategy for recovery and improvements needed to build farm resilience for the future.