Avocado industry contacts in Western Australia

Page last updated: Monday, 10 December 2018 - 3:47pm

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Commercial production of avocados in Western Australia is a complex business requiring specialist skills and knowledge. Much of this knowledge may need to be sourced from others. The following information will assist those in the avocado industry locate some useful resources.

General avocado growing and handling advice

Avocados Australia Limited (AAL) provides a web-based ‘Best Practice Resource’ that contains an extensive range of information on the production and handling of avocados in Australia. A username and password are required for access, so contact AAL — see avocado industry organisations below for details.

Private horticultural advisers are available at commercial rates — check the telephone directory or internet for contacts.

Many ‘rural suppliers’ offer agronomic advice to growers who use their products — see leaf and soil analysis and fertiliser information below.

Talking to other growers is an invaluable source of information. Access this by becoming involved with your industry organisations and getting to know other local growers.

Other web resources

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland

Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales

Avocado Source by the Hofshi Foundation

Avocado industry organisations

National: Avocados Australia Limited (AAL), CEO John Tyas
PO Box 8005, Wooloongabba QLD 4102; +61 (0)7 3846 6566; fax: +61 (0)7 3846 6577; email: admin@avocado.org.au.

Western Australia/Northern Territory Directors on the AAL board:

Horticultural statutory organisations

Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA): Level 8, 1 Chifley Square Sydney NSW 2000; +61 (0)2 8295 2300; fax: +61 (0)2 8295 2399

Agricultural Produce Commission (APC): 3 Baron-Hay Court, South Perth 6151; +61 (0)8 9368 3127; fax: +61 (0)8 9368 3128.

Leaf & soil analysis, fertilisers

Advice can often be obtained from local rural suppliers. Some of the larger groups servicing the horticultural sector include:

For more options try the Yellow Pages under ‘Farm & agricultural advisory services’, ‘Fertilisers’ or ‘Farm equipment & supplies’.

Pest, disease & weed identification (including phytophthora)

MyPestGuide Reporter mobile application, available for iPhone, android and web based devices allows for electronic images to be sent to DAFWA for identification.

AGWEST Plant Laboratories: +61 (0)8 9368 3721; email: agwestplantlabs@agric.wa.gov.au.

Avocados Australia Limited's web based 'Best Practice Resource'.

Chemical advice

Advice can often be obtained from your local rural supplier on controlling pests and diseases. Alternatively, contact the manufacturers directly. Contact details for most can be found in the Yellow Pages under ‘Chemical – Agricultural’.

The Australian Pesticides & Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) regulates the registration, use patterns and maximum residue limits of all agricultural chemicals in Australia, including the issue of 'minor use' permits.

All staff using chemicals need to be suitably trained. A range of organisations train and accredit users of agricultural chemicals.

One is AusChem Training WA: PO Box 1003 Bentley DC WA 6983; +61 (0)8 9368 3323; email: office@auschemwa.com.au.

Irrigation design

Advice is best sought from qualified and experienced commercial irrigation designers. A list of certified irrigation designers can be sourced from Irrigation Australia Limited.

Alternative contact details can be found in the Yellow Pages under ‘Irrigation &/or reticulation systems’.

Speak with other growers in your area about their experiences.

Fruit and tree movements

To protect the long-term sustainability of agricultural industries, regulations restrict the movement of agricultural products into and out of Western Australia. For more information contact Quarantine WA: +61 (0)8 9334 1800.

Packaging and labels

For labels, check out the Yellow Pages under ‘Labels – self-adhesive’.

Pollination services

BeeAware is a national organisation that provides information on beekeeping and pollination.