AU: Potato growers reap benefits of R&D seeds sown
In 2013, Ausveg hosted nine potato R&D workshops and field days across Australia as part of the program’s activities, and produced a raft of material including fact sheets, e-Newsletters and articles for Potatoes Australia magazine. Key potato R&D information was also showcased at several industry events, including the Ausveg National Convention and the Simplot Potato Futures workshops held in Tasmania.
“More than 500 industry members have now taken part in the various potato R&D events that have been held since the Program commenced in January 2012, indicating a strong appetite for new R&D information that will produce practical benefits,” said Mr Raggatt.
Leading potato experts from around Australia and abroad have engaged in this year’s activities, discussing key production issues such as crop nutrition and fertiliser application, pest and disease management strategies, alternative farming practices and emerging technologies.
Regular feedback from Australian potato growers and agronomists, obtained by Ausveg, suggests that knowledge and uptake of beneficial R&D findings is rising as a result of the Program, which is seen as a vital source of new information within the industry.
“More and more growers are getting on board with the Program’s activities to enhance their understanding of new farming approaches. This is extremely positive, as it will help keep the Australian potato industry at the forefront of 21st century potato production,” said Mr Raggatt. “With a new potato growing season underway, Ausveg will continue to extend the reach of potato R&D information, to ensure that potato producers are in a strong position to tackle some of the key challenges they face,” said Mr Raggatt.
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