Australian sweet persimmon industry development project – phase 4 (PR13007)
Status: Near-completed project
What’s it all about? Established in 2014 and now due for completion, this project has had a focus on developing new technologies and management strategies for the industry. It has had the major objectives of investigating pre- and post-harvest management of mealybug and clearwing moth, clonal rootstock propagation, identifying lead and fruit diseases, and finalising post-harvest management protocols.
What’s the latest update? With the project’s final report due to Hort Innovation shortly, it is expected a full project wrap-up will be provided in the next edition of Hortlink. To read the detailed project update from last edition, click here.
Hort Innovation is currently establishing a new project to carry on industry development activities, guided by recommendations to come out of the project itself, and the persimmon SIAP. Look for more details in future Hortlinks.
Persimmon industry extension and communication program (PR16001)
Status: Ongoing project
What’s it all about? Beginning earlier in 2017, this project is responsible for driving the awareness and adoption of R&D outcomes within the Australian persimmon industry. Its strong communication and extension initiatives are designed to keep growers and other industry stakeholders up-to-date with the latest research activity, marketing initiatives and other news and issues.
What’s the latest update? The outputs and responsibilities of the project continue to include:
- Production of the bi-annual Persimmon Press e-newsletter
- Management of the Persimmons Australia website, www.persimmonsaustralia.com.au/login
- Facilitation of industry field days and conferences, with the 2017 Australian Persimmon Industry Conference and Field Day being held across two days in the Sydney region, on June 14 and 15. For more information, see the Hort Innovation event calendar here.
Persimmon industry minor use program (PR16000)
Status: Ongoing project
What’s it all about? Through this project, levy funds and Australian Government contributions are used to renew and apply for new minor use permits for the persimmon industry. These submissions are prepared and submitted to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
The minor use program is also supported by the project Generation of residue, efficacy and crop safety data for pesticide applications in horticulture crops 2017 (ST16006) which, as the name suggests, is responsible for generating data to support a range of permit applications for a range of industries. Project ST16006 uses grant funds from the Australian Government’s Agvet program, which you can read more about here, plus some levy contributions.
What’s the latest update? All current minor use permits for the industry are searchable at portal.apvma.gov.au/permits. Permit updates are also circulated in Hort Innovation’s Growing Innovation e-newsletter, which levy-paying members receive monthly. Not a member? Sign up for free here.