Increasing market access, profitability and sustainability through integrated approaches to fungal disease control (CT13020)
This project aims to overcome trade barriers by looking at fungal disease control in the citrus industry, with a focus on citrus black spot (CBS) and emperor brown spot (EBS). It includes investigating control protocols, improved fungicide options and the use of resistant varieties to reduce the use of fungicides. The final season of project work is now underway, with a treatment schedule commenced for the EBS trial. This trial will include a treatment specifically for residue removal experiments to be conducted at commercial maturity.
Driving citrus industry success through a co-ordinated market development program – stage 2 (CT13022)
New market opportunities and favourable currency rates have combined to boost the export sector in recent years for the Australian citrus industry. This key project supported a citrus market development team to provide structures and processes that have allowed the industry to capitalise on this fact.
The team managed projects dedicated to market access, market intelligence and quality improvement, and also had input into other projects across biosecurity, varietal development and capacity-building programs. The team also jointly managed the industry’s agrichemical residue monitoring program with the government’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
As well as the above, highlights to come out of this project include assisting to grow China exports from 3500 tonnes in 2012 to 28,900 in 2015; resolving agrichemical issues in Japan; and strengthening industry, government and researcher networks.
This project built on the activities of stage 1 (project CT09055) and is part of the larger Australian Citrus Industry Innovation and Market Development Program (CT15012).
MRL risk analyses and risk management options for major citrus export markets (CT14003)
The purpose of this project is to collect, prepare and supply maximum residue level (MRL) information to keep the Australian citrus industry informed of changes that could lead to pesticide-related market problems for exporters. Through monitoring international and government publications and websites, updated MRL tables and residue guidelines are being produced/updated and provided to Citrus Australia for circulation to industry stakeholders.
Delivering a national citrus planting database 2014 (CT14010)
This project created on online system – the Citrus Tree Census – to collect and collate the individual planting data from all citrus growers in Australia. Access to this planting information is intended to assist businesses and industry stakeholders to develop short- and long-term crop forecasts; make informed decisions on future planting, top-working and tree removal choices; and improve planning for logistical requirements throughout the supply chain at a regional and national level. It will also help develop future market directions in the domestic, export and juicing sectors.
The data collected produced Australian Citrus Tree Census reports among others. The information has also been used to form the basis of an online export application system, developed to assist industry and the government to register citrus pack-houses and orchards for export.
The online system will continue to serve the industry well, with it becoming easier to collect data each year as more contributors take part. This project was the precursor to the below CT13037.
Delivering robust citrus market information for a more competitive industry (CT13037)
When it comes to exporting, keeping the citrus industry informed of short-, medium- and long-term supply volumes is essential. This project delivered plantings database updates, annual crop forecasts, weekly supply data and shipping volume data to the industry. Analysis of this data to aid industry planning was a key aspect of the project.
During this project, improved processes were developed for collecting data that have enhanced the supply of information to the industry. For example, the way national plantings data was obtained (through a custom-designed online data capture system as opposed to a paper-based system) has made an annual update of the national tree census feasible. For the first time, tree census data was also coupled with tree yield models to provide a citrus production outlook. This project was followed by the below CT14010, and the larger Australian Citrus Industry Innovation and Market Development Program (CT15012).