The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) will hold its first State Horticulture Update for Western Australian horticulture businesses on April 6, 2017 at the Crown Perth Convention Centre.
The Update will provide an opportunity for growers and industry to access the latest research and strategies to assist businesses in achieving international competitiveness and industry growth.
Some of the features of the Update are:
- A presentation from Tim Morris, director of consultancy Coriolis, on a report commissioned by the department, titled ‘Pathways to competitiveness’. The report identifies the opportunities, constraints and drivers for growth and investment that have characterised the international competitiveness of successful businesses.
- Department Plant Biosecurity Director, Dr Shashi Sharma will provide a strategic update on the response to the discovery of tomato potato psyllid in WA. In addition, the Department’s Kim James will focus on biosecurity requirements to protect exports and trade.
- vegetablesWA new Market Development Manager, Claire McClelland, will provide insight into WA horticulture’s key export market and opportunities.
- WA businesses leaders Sue Middleton (Moora Cirtus), Jennie Franceschi (Fresh Produce Alliance/Advance Packing) and Joe Castro (Castro Farms), will share their experiences on business growth, export approach and the challenges of taking your business to this next stage.
- Insight into the development of a successful marketing campaign and lessons learnt from the Bravo™ apple with Nardia Stacy, Pomewest, and Jenny Mercer, WA Farm Direct.
- Panel discussions will cover topics including barriers to export growth, biosecurity and market access.
When: Thursday, 6 April 2017
Where: Crown Perth, Burswood
The Update will conclude with a networking event sponsored by vegetablesWA. For more information and to register, visit https://www.agric.wa.gov.au/horticulture/state-horticulture-update.