The latest research undertaken on behalf of Australia’s potato growers will be outlined in a series of workshops being held in Tasmania this week.

The Potato Industry Extension Program, managed by AUSVEG, the peak industry body for Australia’s 2,000 potato growers, will present to potato growers from across Tasmania this week, at a series of events that will discuss ways of ‘future-proofing’ the industry.

“These events, organised by Simplot, will provide Tasmanian potato growers with a valuable opportunity to hear about some exciting developments in the sector, including new initiatives undertaken by the Potato Industry Extension Program,” said AUSVEG Special Projects Coordinator, Mr Luke Raggatt.

AUSVEG is Australia’s leading horticultural body representing more than 2,000 potato growers.

The events will feature a line-up of industry experts who will present on a range of important issues. Topics will include new crop management tools that are helping to better connect growers and agronomists; and an innovative DNA soil testing technology that allows potato growers to test for key soil-borne pathogens.

“The new technologies and farming practices that will be discussed at these events, if implemented, could really assist Tasmanian potato growers to increase the efficiency and sustainability of their operations, and ultimately, to become more profitable in the long run.”

Attendees of the Simplot Potato Futures 2013 events will hear about a range of emerging farming practices and research and development (R&D) activities that could help Tasmanian potato producers remain viable and competitive in the future.

“In the years ahead, Australian potato growers will need to continue adopting practices that will reduce their input costs, enhance their yields and produce more efficient crops.”

“The Potato Industry Extension Program looks forward to discussing with Tasmanian potato growers the role of R&D in the industry and the practical benefits that implementing industry R&D findings can deliver to their businesses,” said Mr Raggatt.

The Potato Industry Extension Program is an industry-funded initiative which aims to increase awareness of potato R&D activities and provide producers with information that can be used on a practical level.

This project has been funded by HAL using the National Potato Levies and matched funds from the Australian Government.

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