AUSVEG, the peak industry body for vegetable and potato growers, will be holding a potato industry seminar in Tasmania for growers, processors and other interested industry parties.
The seminar will be the first in a series of seminars that AUSVEG will hold in Australia’s major potato-growing regions. The Potato Industry Extension Program, managed by AUSVEG, is specifically aimed at ensuring that growers and processors are made better aware of the outcomes of R&D programs funded by industry and the Australian Government and are provided with information that can be used on a practical level.
Given the busy time of year, organisers have scheduled the event for the evening, from 6 to 8 pm, to accommodate growers’ and processors’ schedules. The seminar will take place on Wednesday 14 March at the Argosy Hotel in Devonport.
“This is an excellent opportunity for growers and processors to hear about how Research and Development (R&D) can be implemented practically and what it can offer them in the short and long term,” said AUSVEG Manager - Special Projects, Christopher Ritchie.
Keynote speakers include Dr Calum Wilson and Dr Robert Tegg, from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture, and Frank Mulcahy, from agribusiness Simplot. Dr Wilson will discuss recent research into potato pests and diseases, including programs focusing on the management of common scab. Dr Tegg will speak on the use of DNA technology to identify soil-borne diseases and Mr Mulcahy will talk about the collaborative approach to R&D by the processing companies, as well as current and future threats to the industry.
To register for the event, call AUSVEG on (03) 9822 0388.