Study groups enabling industry adaption to pineapple market changes (PI13006)
Status: Completed project
What was it all about? This three-year project has been responsible for facilitating the communication of up-to-date information among Australian pineapple growers, primarily through grower study groups. The goal was to arm industry with new skills to produce high yields of good-quality fruit, and provide information needed to make good business decisions.
Key project activities included:
- On-farm workshops and study tours, of which 22 were held – six for each of the four grower study groups in the project (North Queensland, Central Queensland, Wide Bay and South East Queensland). Information from each meeting, including meeting summaries and presentations, was circulated to growers in all regions via email or hard copy after each event. These resources continue to be available on the pineapple industry website, www.aussiepineapples.com.au.
- Production of The Pineapple Problem Solver Field Guide – a 224-page grower guide for identifying, preventing and managing 77 pineapple crop disorders, with additional info on 35 weed species and five high-risk exotic pests and diseases. The free guide was released during 2015 and if you do not have a copy, you can request one from Simon Newett at the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Updating of the growers’ Best Practice Manual, with the revised manual distributed to growers in hard copy. Again, if you do not have a copy, you can request one from Simon Newett at email@example.com.
- Production of three how-to videos (click their titles to watch):
- Production of crop forecasts and production estimates, with growers surveyed six times over the life of the project and the information summarised and presented to industry.
Full details can be found in the project’s final report, which will soon be available to order at www.horticulture.com.au/about/resources-publications-final-reports. Final reports are free to Australian horticulture levy payers, registered Hort Innovation members and industry representative bodies.
Facilitating the development of the Australian pineapple industry stage 3 (PI15000)
Status: Ongoing project
What’s it all about? Running since late 2015, this project supports the adoption of innovation and technology in the Australian pineapple industry to help growers remain resilient, viable and profitable. It has traditionally supported the role of an industry development officer (IDO), who helps build knowledge of R&D in the industry, facilitates opportunities for information exchange and learning among growers and with other stakeholders, and promotes capacity building in the industry.
The priority for this project is to hold successful field days in July, after which the Australian Pineapple leaders’ group and the industry SIAP will be reviewing the priorities and needs for the industry. in alignment with the Strategic Investment Plan – this means a review of technical needs as well as extension and development needs for growers.
What’s the latest update? Activities under the project continue to include:
- Production of the quarterly industry newsletter The Pineapple Press, with issues uploaded to the grower section of www.aussiepineapples.com.au
- Updating of the Australian Pineapples website with industry information
- Facilitation of annual Pineapple Field Days, with the 2017 event to be held in South East Queensland on July 20 and 21. Keep an eye out for details in industry channels.
- Facilitation of grower study groups
- Involvement in relevant industry events and meetings as needed
- Facilitation of regular meetings between major packhouses, grower representatives, and Hort Innovation representatives to discuss supply, quality and marketing activity to ensure alignment.
Pineapple industry minor use permits (PI16000)
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 pineapple industry. These submissions are prepared and submitted to the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA).
Also related to the minor use program is project Crop protection replacement for diuron in pineapple industry (ST15029), which is responsible for conducting efficacy and residue trials in the investigation of weed control products to replace diuron. Project ST15029 uses grant funds from the Australian Government’s Agvet program, with additional levy contributions and co-investment from Bayer Crop Science.
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.