Dear primary producers, processors and all stakeholders in the Potato Industry in South Australia, Australia and internationally. We are announcing some very significant and exciting achievements!!
Potatoes South Australia/Rabobank/RuralCo Scholarship Winner Announced
Big Congratulations to Peter Cooper, Parnlee, Kangaroo Island who has been awarded this prestigious industry award.
It will provide 75% of the fee to attend Rabobank’s Executive Development Program - a ‘mini-MBA’ for leading primary producers across Australia and New Zealand. A residential program consisting of two modules, the
course covers all aspects of business management including strategic goal setting, negotiation, risk management and leadership. It is held over two years.
The ‘runners-up, were John Dellazoppa, Hilltop Produce and Peter Scaman, Oakville Produce.
We congratulate all candidates and we are delighted to have partnered with Ruralco and Rabobank to enable the offering of this high level executive training initiative to the industry.
Arris Pty Ltd and industry partners awarded National Potato Industry R&D Extension Program under HIA
On behalf of the industry I am delighted to advise that national agribusiness consultancy Arris Pty Ltd with its head office in South Australia, has been contracted to deliver R&D Extension services to the industry across all sectors for the next three years (2016’19). The program proposal was supported by a large consortia of industry representatives from all over Australia.
Arris’s plan is to develop a database of Australian and international experts in both extension and research and seek direction from the industry on what it wants in terms of delivery mechanisms and research topics to be delivered.
A Reference Group will advise HIA Ltd and work closely with the Communications Program which will be delivered by Ausveg. This will ensure that relevant information is disseminated to industry in the most appropriate way.
PMA Aust + NZ Fresh Connections 2017 in Adelaide, South Australia
PMA Fresh Connections 2017, the premier networking, educational and business event for the entire fresh fruit, vegetable and floral industries of Australia and New Zealand will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre 16-18 May next year. This is the first time the event has been convened in South Australia and will be in collaboration with Potatoes South Australia.
Adelaide is Australia's food and wine capital! In fact, the food and wine industry is worth over $17 billion and accounts for 40% of South Australia's total merchandise exports.
Save the date for PMA Fresh Connections 2017 and come and see this vibrant, bustling city in action!
For more information please visit the website.
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at Fresh Connections please contact us.
Horticulture Award Review and Union Claims
Potatoes South Australia continues to support all of horticulture concerning the Review of the Modern Awards and increasing union activity at horticulture businesses particularly on the Northern Adelaide Plains.
The modern award review process is well underway for group 4 under which the Horticulture Award sits. The commission is currently hearing “common issues” in relation to award changes, with any major claims being heard in the second half of this year and possibly into the beginning of next year.
The Australian Industry Group (AiG), on behalf of its members and representing other industry bodies, applied to the commission to have the matter of the coverage clause heard before a full bench. At this stage the commission has not called on detailed submissions in relation to the proposed coverage clause changes.
The Fair Work Ombudsman’s office has been contacting horticultural businesses in relation to the Vegetable Packing Audit findings; some are being asked to either present more information or to attend a meeting in relation to their findings. Many businesses were audited late last year which involved a site tour of the premises, employee interviews and an audit of pay and employment conditions.
Concerning individual awards, it is critical that integrity around an industry sector is retained and that there is no disaggregation.
Our Current Projects
The Association has several projects ‘in the pipeline’.
- PIRSA’S Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants AFMG - 'Waste' Potato Transformation and STEM project
- SARMS Transforming Riverland Food Loss and Industry Waste into Profit
To find out more Click here...
The Biosecurity Act 2015 has commenced
There has been positive feedback to Australia’s new biosecurity act from stakeholders.
The Australian Government, through the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, advises that as of 16 June 2016, the Biosecurity Act has replaced the Quarantine Act, as the primary piece of commonwealth biosecurity legislation in Australia. Its aim is to safeguard primary producers, the environment and people from exotic pests and diseases, while enabling trade.
The Biosecurity Act has been developed in consultation with industry, agricultural stakeholders, state and territory governments, environmental groups, health professionals, international trading partners and the general public.
Read more here.
Australia’s clean and green image is no longer enough
Healthy, convenient consumer products targeting a growing middle class will be the winners in China’s new economy, but long-term success relies on adapting to rapidly changing consumers, says expert.
According to market experts, to succeed in China, brands could no longer rely solely on Australia’s clean and green image with mass market strategies.
Ongoing issues with food safety and quality, rising incomes, effects of urbanisation and an ageing and stressed population is expected to see China’s growing health and wellness market hit almost $70 billion by 2020. Chinese consumers are some of the world’s most health conscious with 73 per cent prepared to pay a premium for products deemed healthier – 12 points higher than the global average.
Fifty per cent of Chinese are now focused on eating healthy and nutritious foods, and food safety is a growing concern with 72 per cent now worried the food they eat is harmful (up from 60 per cent in 2012.
However, country of origin and Australia’s clean and green image are no longer enough. The Australian made logo is not widely understood and, while there are moves afoot to update this, consumer suspicion means there still needs to be a credible ‘reason to believe’. Read more here
Farmers call for clarity: ATO advises backpacker tax changes to take effect from July 1 after all
The Australian Tax Office has advised farmers that controversial backpacker tax increases will take effect from July, despite Federal Government assurances that the changes have been delayed until January.
The Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) sought clarification from the ATO after its members said they had been told to start charging the new tax from the new financial year. Read more here.
Horticulture producers told to plan for the future as the supermarket price war continues
As the supermarket price war gains momentum, horticulture producers were told to plan for the future at the NSW Farmers’ Association Horticulture Forum last week.
Consumer goods sector consultant Tristan Kitchener, of Kitchener Partners, painted a gloomy future of cut-price produce and food, but said there were tools to employ. Read more here.
Changes to major retailer food safety audits
QUALITY ASSURANCE HARMONISATION INITIATIVE
Major grocery retailers and the horticultural industry have agreed to streamline fresh produce safety requirements lowering the cost of doing business and improving food safety across the fresh produce supply chain in Australia.
This initiative is being collaboratively driven by Horticulture Innovation Australia using cross-industry levy funds, with support from the nation’s leading retailers – ALDI, Coles, Costco, Metcash (IGA) and Woolworths.
Business SA 2016 Export Awards
Business SA 2016 Export Awards celebrate exporting excellence in South Australia by recognising the most dynamic and innovative businesses in the State.
Join Constellation Wines, Codan Limited, Almondco Australia Limited, Seeley International, OZ Minerals, Flight Training Adelaide and Rising Sun Pictures – all of whom have been acknowledged for their outstanding export success with a Business SA Export Award.
As a winner, you’ll be recognised as an exporting expert and have the opportunity to represent South Australia as a finalist in the Australian Export Awards.
Be recognised for your exporting achievements and enter the Business SA 2016 Export Awards.
Potatoes South Australia is a member of Business SA.
View event flyer.
Biennial Potato Industry Conference Bendigo Victoria 7-9 August 2016
ViCSPA, an independent provider of Seed Certification and other services to the Australian Potato Industry is convening a Potato Industry Conference at the Ulumbarra Theatre, Bendigo, next month.
Supported by Syngenta, the 2016 program will target key production and industry issues to help grow the industry and ensure that you have access to the latest information to grow your business.
Please see the Postcard below for conference details. If you require any other information please contact ViCSPA on (03) 5962 0000 or email
conference organisers. Registrations
are now open...
I look forward to seeing you there! View event flyer.
For a full list of current available grants click here.
- “Kangaroo Island potato producer takes out prestigious industry award”, Rabobank, RuralCo, Potatoes South Australia, 7 June 2016
- “Food Loss and Farm Waste-a regional opportunity”, PIRSA 26 May 2016
- “Tax to hinder labour force”, Fairfax Smart Farmer, May 2016
- “Graduate totals must rise”, Fairfax Smart Farmer, June 2016
Regional Summit, Mt Gambier
- “Local leads spud industry”, The Islander, 9 June 2016
- “Cooper honoured by industry award”, The Stock Journal, 7 June 2016
- “Kangaroo Island (South Australia) potato producer wins industry award”, PotatoPro 13 June 2016
- “Farm managers enhance business skills” Stock Journal on-line, 15 June 2016
- “Kangaroo Island (South Australia) potato producer wins industry award”, FreshPlaza, 7 June
- “Kangaroo Island potato producer wins the mini MBA for farmers”, Potatobusiness on-line 10 June 2016
- "Young KI grower wins potato industry gong”, Stock Journal 9 June 2016
- “Regional Summit draws a crowd”, Stock Journal, 9 June 2016
- “The Mount hosts regional forum”, Border Watch, 10 June 2016
Not a member of Potatoes South Australia yet?
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Did you know that 95% of potatoes grown in South Australia are grown by members of Potatoes South Australia?
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