Spring 2015

Friday 23rd October, 2015
Potatoes South Australia
AGM and Annual Dinner/Auction

Dear primary producers, processors and all stakeholders in the Potato Industry in South Australia, Australia and internationally. 
We have been addressing our core objectives with continued effort and have some exciting developments.  In particular we have focussed on the following core objectives as in our Strategic Plan 2014’17:
  1. Building Exports, particularly in South East Asia;
  2. Increasing Domestic Consumption; and
  3. Increasing productivity through targeted R&D projects 
As a peak industry body we have a responsibility to our members and wider stakeholders to deliver on these critical initiatives.  These are the priorities determined by you, our industry stakeholders, prior to development of the Strategic Plan which guides all of our operations.

Building Exports

During 2014, and in collaboration with Potatoes South Australia, AsiaAustralis Strategic Management Advisory was engaged by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture to research and prepare an Export Strategy for Australian Potatoes.  Read More...

Increasing Domestic Consumption

Potatoes South Australia has been researching the decline in consumption of potatoes in Australia and in other developed markets including the USA, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
I attended the International Potato Group Meeting in Beijing prior to the World Potato Congress in late July and heard first-hand what these countries are actively doing to try to halt decline and change consumer perception.  Read More...

Increasing Productivity

The Association has several projects ‘in the pipeline’.
  • Nutrient Management for the Australian Potato Industry
  • PIRSA’S Advanced Food Manufacturing Grants (AFMG - 'Waste' Potato Transformation
To find out more Click here... 

Import Risk Analysis (IRA) Process and Response to Senate Inquiry re NZ Exports

The Australian Government has released the exposure draft regulation for conducting Biosecurity Import Risk Analyses under the Biosecurity Act 2015 for public consultation. The draft regulation outlines the considerations that must be taken into account and process that must be followed when conducting Biosecurity Import Risk Analyses (BIRAs) from 16 June 2016.

Potatoes South Australia has been involved in consultation with the Department of Agriculture on both the Biosecurity Bill and in the recently completed Examination of the Import Risk Analysis (IRA) process. We will be further involved in the consultation on the Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis (BIRA) process, including talking to the Department directly about the draft BIRA Regulation.  Read More...

Overview of Zebra Chip Research in the USA

Click here for a link to a recent Zebra Chip webinar featuring Charlie Rush, US Zebra Chip Research Leader and also a guest at Potato New Zealand’s guest at its inaugural NZ TPP/Liberibacter research conference in 2012.

PCN Regulations - Fresh Potato Exports from South Australia

Potatoes South Australia continues to work with Biosecurity SA in its technical discussions with the equivalent Western Australian department (DAFWA) concerning South Australia’s Pest Risk Analysis  (PRA) for Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN).
Meetings will continue in Western Australia and in South Australia between both departments and industry.  Updates will be provided to stakeholders as negotiations progress.

It's SHOWTIME- 4th - 13th September 2015!!

Potatoes South Australia will team up with renowned chefs Rosa Matto and Carmen Vining as well as Masterchef celebrity Callum Hann to showcase the fabulous versatility and flavours of potatoes as part of the *Taste SA Pavilion at the Royal Adelaide Show.  Potatoes will be used in many recipes over the ten days with “industry spotlights” once or twice over the period.
There is also a permanent display of many varieties on the kitchen’s bench; all readily accessible for incorporation into delicious dishes.  Varieties will be specifically used for specific recipes.  Given that South Australia supplies 80 percent of the Australian domestic market, it is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our premium fresh washed potatoes.

Thank you to SA Potato Co, Thomas Foods International, Oakville Produce, Zerella Fresh and The Mitolo Group for their generous contribution to this event- a great way to illustrate the versatility of our delicious potatoes to the general public!

We are proud to support the South Australian food industry with the generous support of IGA supermarkets and PIRSA.

*Look out for the IGA Pavillion just near the Stock Journal office on the western side of the Main Arena

World Potato Congress (WPC) - 28 to 30 July 2015, Beijing, China

I attended the ninth WPC which was convened in Yanqing, Beijing and was themed, “Develop Together for a Better Future”.  Approximately 3000 delegates from academia, industry and government attended. 
The three day event attended by delegates from 37 nations coincided with the China International Potato Exposition and the establishment of the China branch of the International Potato Centre (IPC).
The Chinese Government and industry emphasised the need to reduce poverty and drive rural growth through increased potato consumption in parallel with increasing yields and area under production.  Currently yields average 16 tonnes per hectare and 5 million hectares are under production.  There was a substantial focus on nutritional benefits and the use of value-added product (flour and flakes) to gradually replace the use of rice and wheat in noodles and bread products.  The Chinese Government is investing heavily into such research programs.
Other presentation topics included:
  • Major Potato Diseases
  • Utilisation of new varieties
  • Processing Technologies
  • Storage Technologies
  • Sustainable Development of the Potato Industry in China
  • Global Food and Water Challenges
  • The Role of the Potato for Global Food Security
  • World Potato Markets: Trends, Investment and Trade
Please contact me for presentations on these topics.

Potatoes NZ Inc AGM & Conference - Ashburton, NZ 23-24 July

I was a guest of Potatoes New Zealand at its Conference and AGM at the Hotel Ashburton. Guest speakers included Professor Gary Secor from North Dakota University and Ron Greentree from Australia.

Professor Gary Secor has been at North Dakota State University since 1978 and is a Professor in the Plant Pathology Department. His main areas of research have been potato disease diagnosis, disease management, biotechnology, and variety development. He presented on seed handling and disease management.
Ron Greentree is a cattle and grain farmer from Mungindi, NSW and has over 30 years of farming experience, exporting to several overseas markets in Asia and a decade of executive leadership roles in peak industry bodies. Ron, a former Chair of Graincorp and our largest grain producer, provided a very memorable account of his achievements which commenced as a teenager mowing lawns!

Colourful Potatoes May Pack Powerful Cancer Prevention Punch

Compounds found in purple potatoes may help kill colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of the cancer, according to a team of researchers. 

Baked purple-fleshed potatoes suppressed the growth of colon cancer tumours in petri dishes and in mice by targeting the cancer's stem cells. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. and responsible for more than 50,000 deaths annually, according to the American Cancer Society. 

Attacking stem cells is an effective way to counter cancer, according to Jairam KP Vanamala, associate Professor of Food Sciences, Penn State and faculty member at the Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute.  
For up-to-date information on the new legislation and implementation process, please visit the department's website

Click here for more information... 

Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) - Membership

If you want to actually have influence about how your compulsory levy of 50 cents per tonne is invested, you need to join HIA.  Registration is free.
Potatoes South Australia encourages all Potato Levy Payers and representative organisations to register as members of HIA, the new ‘grower-owned’ Research and Development Corporation for Australian horticulture.

Membership is open to active business entities participating in horticulture industries, including those in growing and harvesting, processing, packing, transporting, marketing, wholesaling, retailing and exporting.

Growers are welcome to register as an individual stakeholder should your company already have a nominated representative. However, please note that HIA accepts only one membership per ABN with one nominated representative.
To download the HIA Membership Application form, please click here


Media Releases
  • Ground-breaking food manufacturing projects to receive funding boost”, 10 July 2015 (Government of South Australia)“Potato Industry receives top funding to reduce waste through value-adding”, 13 July 2015
  • “The need for a dedicated South Australian government commercial office in South East Asia”, Fairfax Media (The Grower), July 2015
  • “Pursuing Asia for spud exports”, FreshPlaza, 16 June 2015
  • “South Australia plans export of high quality crisping and seed potatoes to Thailand and Malaysia”, Potatopro, 19 June 2015
  • “AU potato industry receives funding to reduce waste”, FreshPlaza, 14 July 2015
  • “$500,000 to boost SA food industry”, The Advertiser, 14 July, 2015
  • "Australian Research: Producing Premium Potato Products from waste potatoes, Potatopro 22 July 2015Danielle Grindlay, ABC South East, Pilot/National Marketing Campaigns, 3 July 2015
  • Isobel Daymon, ABC News, Waste Reduction Project, 13 July 2015
  • Adam Shirley, ABC Canberra, Waste Reduction Project, 13 July 2015
  • Danielle Grindlay, ABC South East, Waste Reduction Project (with Dr John Carragher) 13 July 2015
  • Genevieve Enright, 2ser107.3FM, Sydney, Waste Reduction Project, 15 July 2015
  • Andrew Miller, Stock and Land, Tasmania, Waste Reduction Project, 13 July 2015


Not a member of Potatoes South Australia yet?

Online registration and payment is now available on the website or download an application formMembership has many valuable benefits; the most important is being a part of an organisation which has delivered significant achievements for the industry at both a state and national level.  To view a full list of these achievements click here...

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


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This Issue's Member Profile

ILD SINOPEC-a new member with a great offer for other members!

ILD Sinopec (International Lubricant Distributors) is one of the largest global manufacturers of lubricants and is a new Associate Member of Potatoes South Australia.

ILD Sinopec lubricants meet or exceed API (American Petroleum Institute) and EU quality specifications and have OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) approval and sign off from a number of equipment manufacturers including Volvo, Cummins, Mack, MTU, Scania, Deutz, Caterpillar, MAN, Mercedes Benz, Allison, Ford, John Deere, Massey Ferguson, New Holland, ZF and Toyota.

ILD Sinopec agri-product inventory includes the following:

  • Brake fluids
  • Compressor oils
  • Coolants
  • Degreasers – solvent and water based
  • Diesel engine oil
  • Gas engine oils
  • Automotive gear oils
  • Greases – full range.
  • Heat transfer oils
  • Hydraulic oils
  • Passenger car engine oils
  • Turbine oils
  • Transmission oils
  • Two stroke motor cycle oils
  • Truck wash
  • STOU tractor oils
See website.  
Global Experience for Australian Markets 
ILD has established a strong presence in Australia and is dedicated to delivering cost efficiencies to customers.  This is done using lubricants developed by Sinopec’s leading-edge chemists that are tailored to meet Australia’s extreme climate and industry conditions.  The product range has been proven to perform particularly in the contract mining, transport, civil construction and the marine and off shore sectors.
Great News for Members!

ILD Sinopec is able to offer Potatoes South Australia members a discount rate on products, irrespective of order size and free delivery for orders over 400 litres within 350 kms of Adelaide.  In addition  ILD Sinopec is also prepared to offer all members direct Trading Accounts with ILD subject to usual credit  checks offering 30 Day terms.  Potatoes South Australia members are offered free technical advice, onsite visits by qualified specialists to assist with lubricant decision making and problem solving, and specific training if required.

Getting Started
Email Robbie Davis to establish a registration of interest.  You only have to do this once.
  • Your contact will be passed to ILD Sinopec who will then contact you direct to discuss your needs
  • Subsequent requests for quotation can then be made to ILD direct by Potatoes South Australia members

This initial process is to ensure the competitive prices are delivered to bona fide Potatoes South Australia members only.



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