Custard apple communication and extension program (CU16001)
Status: New project
What’s it all about? Hort Innovation has appointed Custard Apples Australia as the service provider for this new initiative for the industry. The program will support industry awareness and uptake of R&D outcomes and other relevant knowledge, through field days/roadshows in each of the country’s growing regions. These events will take to growers information on fruit quality, orchard management and post-harvest systems and practices; support growers in adding value to their businesses; and keep all stakeholders up to date with the latest issues relevant to the custard apple industry.
Custard Apple Dispatch System 2 – CADS 2 (CU15000)
Status: Ongoing project
What’s it all about? The Custard Apple Dispatch System (CADS) allows registered growers to generate and transmit dispatch advices electronically, and wholesalers and exporters to enter and transmit payback prices electronically. It also allows for reporting at grower and industry levels. The CADS 2 project, which began in 2016, is responsible for upgrading the system and continuing its administration.
What’s the latest update? No new milestone report was due in the period since the last edition of Hortlink (Spring 2016). At the time of last reporting, key tasks set and achieved by the project during the 2016 period included:
- Redeveloping the system’s dispatch and payback forms, which are now able to operate with any browser on both desktop computers and tablets
- Updating system navigation for a smoother user experience
- Providing an easier mechanism for consignees to display the payback form and enter payback prices
- Developing an aggregated reporting function for dispatch quantities and payback prices.
The updated system was presented and demonstrated to growers at industry roadshow events at the beginning of the 2016 season, and was to be reinforced ahead of the 2017 season.
The CADS is accessible via www.freshproducelink.com.au with an allocated username and password.