January/February 2014

Dear primary producers, processors and all stakeholders in the potato industry value chain. Welcome to the first newsletter for 2014.

On behalf of the Board and Independent Chair, Brian Cunningham, I wish you all a terrific start for this New Year.

I have been in the role for eighteen months now and I remain focussed on ensuring that this important industry continues to unite stakeholders across all sectors and across the value chain, that it is understood by the public, the government and politicians and that it remains sustainable, competitive and profitable. As the nation’s largest producer, this takes us across borders and internationally with the increasing need for diversification and a global market vision.

A big task but with objectives so well worth achieving.



Rabobank / Potatoes South Australia Industry Award

Known as the “Rabobank Potatoes South Australia 2014 Industry Award”, the scholarship, worth $5300 is jointly funded by Potatoes South Australia and Rabobank. It provides a fully-funded placement in the residential Farm Managers Program to be held at Grange Cleveland Winery, Victoria from Monday 16 to Friday 20 June 2014. The scholarship is open to farm managers and farm employees in South Australia under the age of 45 years. Read More...


National Landcare Programme Innovation Grants
It was excellent to learn that the Association was awarded $409,800 (ex GST) for a two-year project, “Innovative Nutrient Management for the Australian Potato Industry” in collaboration with PIRSA’s Rural Solutions SA (RSSA). Read More...


Workforce Development Plan for the Potato Industry Value Chain
The Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Training (DFEEST) provided funding of $43,500 (excl GST) to develop an Industry Workforce Development Plan which identifies current and emerging workforce needs and puts in place a series of strategies to meet those needs. Read More...

Water Allocation Plan Reviews
Discussions with the industry and Government concerning the Water Allocation Plans (WAPs) in the Mallee and Lower Limestone Coast (LLC) Prescribed Wells Areas and the subsequent reduction in water allocation under volumetric conversion have continued. Meetings with Hon Ian Hunter MLC, Minister for Water and the River Murray, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, and with Shadow Ministers and Opposition members have been held. Read More...

Irrigation Practices in the Mallee
At the request of the Hon Gail Gago MLC, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Potatoes South Australia contracted Arris Pty Ltd to research the irrigation improvements in the Mallee region over the past decade. The report, “A Survey of Murray Mallee Potato Growers on changes of soil and crop management since 2004” focuses on irrigation practices in the Mallee region and the methodologies and technologies employed by irrigators.

The combined outcome of these projects is to ensure that the Water Allocation Plans are reasonable and equitable for all irrigators while sustaining the water resource for future generations.

View the Reviews and Reports within the Members Area.

Not a Member?

By becoming a financial member of Potatoes South Australia you are financially supporting and empowering your peak industry body to represent your interests at a regional, state, national and international level and to assist in the further development of a sustainable, competitive and profitable future for the industry.

Financial membership also means that you receive a discount on entry into a variety of events, field days and workshops which will be organised each year.
Join Potatoes SA!


HAL Review
Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) has commissioned an independent review of the model under which it operates in order to maximise the return from Australian horticulture’s $100 million annual investment in marketing, and research and development (R&D). Read More...


Proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand and Zebra Chip Disease Complex
Earlier this month, the Federal Department of Agriculture (DA) briefed the Senate Standing Committee on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport on the Risk Estimation Matrix. On 28 February the Secretariat and Senators will present a Committee Report to the Senate. Minister Joyce and the DA will then respond with a recommendation before mid-2014. Senator Sean Edwards will provide all relevant reports to Potatoes South Australia as they are released.


Corporate Membership of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council (AIBC)

Potatoes South Australia has joined the AIBC as a Corporate Member. This membership will assist in building networks and relationships in this important market for the industry particularly through attendance at functions with members and visiting delegations, government officials and business leaders; joint AIBC / IABC Business Conferences and Trade Missions.
Members of Potatoes South Australia may also attend networking events as they are advertised.

Please contact me at any time about your issues or about how we can represent you in a better way.


Elder House
Level 2 27 Currie Street
Adelaide South Australia

M: +61 427 084 319
P: +61 8 8425 4531


Copyright © 2013 Potatoes South Australia Inc
unsubscribe from this list | update subscription preferences