May/June 2014


Dear primary producers, processors and all stakeholders in the Potato Industry in Australia and internationally.  The rainfall in southern Australia this winter was forecast to be below average but it has been a wild couple of weeks with extensive falls over the agricultural areas.  A perfect introduction to the…..

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 Potato Industry Conference which will be held in Mount Gambier, South Australia 10-12th August 2014.  This follows the very successful event held in Ballarat, Victoria in 2012 at which more than 200 delegates attended a program full of practical information targeted at the basics of potato production and operating a modern potato business. Read More...

World Potato Congress Beijing, China 28-30 July, 2015

This is just to advise you of the dates for the World Potato Congress which is held every three years. As more information comes to hand it will be on the website and in our newsletters.


On behalf of Potatoes South Australia, I was fortunate to attend the PMA Aust+NZ Conference in Auckland, New Zealand from 23-27 June.  This was the inaugural Conference in New Zealand and it was opened by Ministers of Agriculture, Hon Nathan Guy (New Zealand) and Hon Barnaby Joyce (Australia). Read More... 


Northern Adelaide Plains Seed Information Day

An information day and BBQ, co-hosted by the Association and Elders, was held in Virginia on Friday 16 May. Nigel Crump, GM ViCSPA (independent seed certification authority) and Rene De Jong, National Manager Potatoes, Elders, provided information on the importance of using certified seed and its optimal storage conditions (air circulation, fresh air and temperature management).
Lack of communication along the value chain and the understanding of physiological age were two major discussion points. More, informal sessions to better understand the real issues concerning the industry are planned. 

Potatoes South Australia / Rabobank Industry Award

Riverland potato grower Justin Della Zoppa has been named the 2014 Rabobank Potatoes South Australia Industry Award winner.  As part of his prize, Justin aged 28, has been awarded a scholarship to attend the 2014 Rabobank Farm Managers Program, a course which offers young farmers from across a range of agricultural sectors in Australia and New Zealand the opportunity to develop and enhance their business management skills. Read More...

Mallee and Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plans

The Association is continuing to provide support to irrigators in these two regions which produce more than 80% of South Australia’s potatoes.  Independently facilitated meetings were conducted with the stakeholders, the independent reviewer (Australian Groundwater Technologies Pty Ltd) and Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) executives and policy makers in mid-May.
On behalf of the stakeholders, the Association has liaised with the relevant State Ministers and Members of Parliament concerning the drastic reductions and inequitable allocations which will result in decreased production. A moratorium in the Mallee Prescribed Wells Area (PWA) has been requested particularly as reductions take effect from 1 July 2014.
The Association and stakeholders are waiting to receive responses from Government and Minister Hunter to concerns in the Issues Papers and questions which arose from the facilitated meetings.

Strategic Planning Workshop

Tristan Kitchener, Kitchener Partners, facilitated a full day workshop on 17 June to identify, agree and prioritise key opportunities and actions for enabling future growth of the potato industry. Key industry stakeholders and the Board Directors participated at this structured ‘round table’ workshop which has resulted in an Output Report.  This will form the backbone of the Association’s three-year Strategic Plan.
The flexible plan will be owned and endorsed by industry and will guide the Association in fulfilling its objectives to provide the best, most relevant and cost-efficient services to all stakeholders.

HAL Review

The Recommendations and Full Report by Acil Allen Consultants were delivered on 9 May and were accepted by the HAL Board. Read More...


The Association has several projects 'in the pipeline'.  These include: Nutrient Management for the Australian Potato Industry, South Australian River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) and A Strategic Export Plan for the Australian Potato Industry. Read More...


Not a member of Potatoes South Australia yet?

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Adelaide South Australia

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P: +61 8 8425 4531

Key Dates in 2014

Potato Industry Conference
10-12 August 2014

Annual General Meeting
31 October 2014

Annual Industry
Dinner & Auction

31 October 2014

This year’s Dinner and New Season Baby Potato Auction will be held on Friday 31 October in Adelaide, South Australia.  Last year the Auction was an enormous success, with $8,500 paid by Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce for a 15 kg box of premium baby potatoes - an astounding effort which of course we aim to top in 2014!  All proceeds will be donated to the Little Heroes Foundation, our charity of choice.



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