Integrated Pest and Disease Management Manual for Persimmon – Edition 2
The second edition (December 2017) of the Integrated Pest and Disease Management Manual for Persimmon aims to develop and present an integrated pest and disease package for Australian persimmon growers based on the current state of knowledge.
The Persimmon industry is established from the semi-tropical far north of Queensland to the cool temperate zones of Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, with no single centre of production. Fruit from warmer regions mature four months earlier than southern States, giving the industry a harvest spread from February to July inclusive. The majority of the Australian industry is based on sweet (non-astringent) cultivars with the major varieties including ‘Jiro’, ‘Fuyu’ and ‘Izu’. Yield and fruit size vary within and between regions.
There are approximately 250 growers producing 450 000 (4kg) trays. Currently the peak industry body, Persimmons Australia Inc. (PAI), has approximately 150 members and the Australian industry is estimated to be worth approximately $12 million (Persimmon Annual Investment Plan – 2010/2011). Significant new plantings are planned over the next five years.
Improving fruit quality and increasing post-harvest storage life are critical to increasing market penetration for both domestic and export markets.
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the persimmon research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. The research was co-funded by The Queensland Government through the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.