A group comprising some of South Australia’s top potato growers will have the opportunity to visit leading Chinese growing operations and learn from industry experts at the 9th International World Potato Congress in Beijing later this month.

The group includes growers from some of the state’s biggest potato producers, including Thomas Foods and Mitolo, who will have the opportunity to hear from leading potato researchers at the World Potato Congress.

“It is an exciting opportunity for South Australian growers to visit some of China’s leading potato production facilities and growing operations, as well as attending the highly anticipated World Potato Congress,” said AUSVEG State Manager – South Australia, Jordan Brooke-Barnett.

“Our growers will learn about the latest potato research and development and meet with key international industry representatives at the World Potato Congress.”

“Offering our growers the chance to visit leading potato growing regions and some of the most influential figures in these areas will help South Australian growers form business connections with international industry leaders and promote the high quality and safe reputation of South Australian potatoes to the world.”

“Considering the importance of agriculture in South Australia, it is important to ensure the potato industry is investing in learning opportunities for its future development.”

“With the nation’s leading unemployment rate of eight per cent, it is vital that the state’s potato industry keeps looking to grow as a leading contributor to the state’s economy, especially considering the recent losses to the manufacturing industry.”

AUSVEG SA is the leading body representing the interests of potato and vegetable producers in the state and provides growers with a united voice and strong representation with all levels of government.

As well as attending the World Potato Congress, the group will visit some of China’s leading potato growing operations, global agricultural organisations and gain insight into supply chains.

“By attending global exhibitions with world-leading potato growers and stakeholders, South Australian potato growers can harness the latest research and development and bring back to their operations at home,” said Mr Brooke-Barnett.

“Exposure to an event of this scale will help place South Australian potatoes on the global stage and will give our growers a platform to promote the high quality and safe potatoes that South Australia is famous for.”

The 2015 Potato Leadership and Development Mission – China is funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the National Potato Levy and funds from the Australian Government.

: Jordan Brooke-Barnett, State Manager – South Australia, AUSVEG SA
Phone: (08) 8221 5220 Mobile: 0404 772 308 E-mail: jordan.brooke-barnett@ausveg.com.au