Tropical fruit export strategy (MT17002)
Status: New project
Key research provider: McKINNA et al
What’s it all about? This short multi-industry project will support the building of sustainable export markets and supply chain capabilities for a range of tropical commodities, including persimmon, banana, lychee, passionfruit and papaya. It has been tasked with developing a collective export strategy for these fruits – a road map for growing export markets, underpinned by information on each high-prospect market for each fruit category.
What’s the latest update? This investment was contracted by Hort Innovation in November. Look for information on the completed strategy in future editions of Hortlink and in industry channels.
Persimmon industry extension and communication program (PR16001)
Status: Ongoing project
Key research provider: Persimmons Australia Inc
What’s it all about? Beginning in early 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, now featuring a log-in area available to Australian persimmon levy payers that hosts industry resources including handbooks and guides developed through levy-funded projects, issues of Persimmon Press and more. Fill out the registration form on the website if you do not yet have a log-in.
- Facilitation of industry field days and conferences. Resources from previous events, including the 2017 Australian Persimmon Industry Conference and Field Day, remain available on the industry website.
If you don’t already receive it, sign up to the Persimmon Press by emailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The latest edition of the newsletter, released in early December, will also feature a survey related to the publication, which all growers are encouraged to fill out.
Persimmon industry minor use program (PR16000)
Status: Ongoing project
Key research provider: Hort Innovation
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 to our membership program for free here.