Using the Vegetable Fund, Hort Innovation has invested in a project to coordinate the agrichemical needs of the Australian vegetable industry by finding the gaps in Australia’s access to the chemistry you need to maintain your productivity and protect your crops.

This information is then used to help growers in a number of ways, including by directing R&D funding for crop protection purposes, like Hort Innovation’s permit renewal and registration projects.

AUSVEG’s Patrick Arratia will be visiting New South Wales this week to coordinate a round table discussion for brassica growers (head and leafy). The information you give will be used to identify what agrichemicals you need and try and find solutions to fill these gaps.

If you’re in the Sydney region and you grow brassica crops, Patrick is eager to hear from you!

Crop-specific round table
 2:30pm – 4:00pm, Friday 8 March 2019
Location: River Farm, 40 Edwards Road, Richmond Lowlands

You can RSVP to Patrick on 0418 982 572, or at You can also RSVP to VegNET IDO Syvlia Jelinek at

If you’re not in the region and would like to contribute to the project, you can take part in the National Pest Survey, which is also being used to inform Patrick’s work and helps the project identify the industry’s priority agrichemical needs for further action.

This post appeared in the AUSVEG Weekly Update published 5 March 2019. Subscribe to the Update using our online form to receive the latest industry news in your inbox every week!