Facilitating the development of the Australian pineapple industry stage 3 (PI15000)
Status: Ongoing project
Key research provider: Growcom Australia
What’s it all about? Running since late 2015, this project was established to support 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) to help build knowledge of R&D in the industry, facilitate opportunities for information exchange and learning among growers and with other stakeholders, and promote capacity building in the industry.
What’s the latest update? Project activities include…
- Delivery of quarterly industry newsletter The Pineapple Press, with issues emailed to growers
- Facilitation of annual Pineapple Field Days
- Facilitation of grower study groups, with one study group now conducted per growing region each year, along with an annual Pineapple Study Group Tour
- 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 with crop supply peaks.
As the industry is aware, the project’s original IDO, Georgie Townsend, left the role earlier in 2017. To continue the delivery of the project activities in lieu of an official IDO, Steve Tilley was temporarily appointed to assist Growcom (including in the running of the South East Queensland Field Days back in late July).
Hort Innovation has since been progressing discussions with the pineapple Strategic Investment Advisory Panel and with the Australian Pineapple Leadership Group around the way forward with this investment, with a new IDO yet to be appointed. It is anticipated that the investment will ultimately be split into two new components – one to facilitate industry communication and extension activities, and another to address the industry’s desire for more technical work, which may include research into chemical use, natural flowering and/or breeding. With discussions continuing, look for more information in early 2018.
Pineapple industry minor use permits (PI16000)
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 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 to our membership program for free here.