Significant achievements since establishment include the following:

  • Collaboration and relationship-building with producer sector stakeholders, value chain members, relevant interstate industry bodies nationally and internationally, relevant government departments and politicians at state and federal levels
  • Development of a wholly industry voluntary funding model
  • Development of working relationships with relevant local councils and RDA networks
  • Development of a representative voice for all industry stakeholders
  • Development of a strong, supportive skills-based Board (independent and industry directors)
  • Appointment of an experienced Independent Chair
  • Development and endorsement of Strategic and Funding Plans 2013’14
  • Conduction of an independently-facilitated industry stakeholder workshop to provide guidance for the 2014’17 Strategic Plan
  • Continual lobbying of all levels of Government concerning the importation of fresh potatoes from New Zealand for processing
  • Development of relationships with the media; frequent radio interviews and regular columns in industry publications
  • Newsletter development and regular distribution of targeted media releases to the industry and/or public
  • Invitation to present as a panellist in the ‘Big Debate’ on Biosecurity at PMA Aust+NZ’s Fresh Connections Conference in Sydney June 2013
  • Invitation to present at Potatoes New Zealand’s AGM and Conference on July 2013
  • Lobbying State Government and the Opposition concerning the Mallee and Lower Limestone Coast Water Action Plans (WAPs)
  • Commission of independent reviewer (Australian Groundwater Technology Pty Ltd) for WAPs and stakeholder/government facilitated meetings
  • Annual Industry Auction and Dinner 2013’14’15 with >140 guests, raising $9,400 at the 2015 event for the Little Heroes Foundation, our charity of choice
  • Conduction of Seed Information Day in conjunction with Elders and ViCSPA May 2014
  • Liaison with Potato Marketing Corporation Western Australia concerning a national generic marketing campaign in the fresh sector
  • Endorsement of Strategic Plan 2014’17
  • Establishment and awarding of Rabobank Potatoes South Australia Scholarship 2014 and 2015 to a young industry leader
  • Collaboration with VicDPI/ViCSPA/industry regarding Indonesian market access for Australian seed potatoes
  • Co-host (with ViCSPA) of 2014 Potato Industry Conference 10-12 August attracting international speakers and 200+ delegates
  • Member of PIRSA’s Biosecurity SA Plant Biosecurity Technical Reference Panel
  • Member of PIRSA’s Biosecurity SA Plant Health Market Access Program Working Group
  • Member of Steering Committee for Northern Adelaide Plains Horticulture Plan
  • Attendance at the World Potato Congress, Beijing July 2015 in collaboration with Potatoes South Africa and Potatoes New Zealand.
  • Attendance at the International Potato Group Meeting, Beijing July 2015, representing the Australian Potato Industry
  • Guest at Potatoes New Zealand’s Conference, July 2015
  • Direct participation in PIRSA’s “Women Influencing Agribusiness and Regions” strategy
  • Pilot Marketing Campaign in South Australia to increase consumption of potatoes to commence with stakeholder financial support late winter. A national campaign is planned following this through national stakeholder engagement
  • Elders Ltd and Peats Soils and Garden Supplies are corporate partners
  • CEO, Robbie Davis is named 2016 RIRDC SA Rural Woman of the Year                   

Submissions:

  • Submission and presentation to the Select Committee on Sustainable Farming Practices, South Australian Parliament on the proposed importation of potatoes from New Zealand for processing, September 2012
  • Submission to and representation at the Federal Senate Inquiry into the importation of fresh potatoes from New Zealand for processing, October 2012
  • Submission to the independent review of HAL (The Australian Potato Council), February 2014
  • Submission to the Taskforce for the Australian Government’s White Paper on Agricultural Competitiveness, April 2014
  • Submission to the Examination of the Import Risk Analysis (IRA) process, Department of Agriculture, September 2014
  • Submission to Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) Ltd Consultation Paper: Determining the Strategic Investment Priorities for the Australian Horticulture Industry, March 2015
  • Submission to the Fair Work Commission in support of Mitolo Group Pty Ltd’s appeal (Mitolo Group Pty Ltd vs National Union of Workers), January 2015 (in collaboration with National Farmers Federation (NFF), Australian Industry Group (AiG))

Actions re PCN/PSTVd/Biosecurity Management:

  • Advocate and first State to follow Vic DPI’s National Regulatory Framework
  • Liaison with Biosecurity SA regarding the development of a PRA re mandatory PCN-testing of washed potatoes entering WA
  • Liaison with Biosecurity SA regarding PSTVd national management
  • Liaison with Biosecurity SA regarding export protocols

Successful Funding of Projects:

  • The Success of Generic Marketing in the Food Sector 2013 (industry funded)
  • The establishment of a Workforce Development Plan for the industry value chain 2014 (State Government funded)
  • Innovative Nutrient Management in the Australian Potato Industry 014’16 (Federal Government funded) Potatoes South Australia chairs the Steering Committee
  • Export Strategy for the Australian Potato Industry 2014’19 (Federal Government funded)
  • Review of Mallee and Lower Limestone Coast Water Allocation Plans 2014 (Federal Government, industry funded)
  • Survey of Murray Mallee Potato Growers on Changes in Soil and Crop Management Practices since 2004, 2014 (Federal Government, industry funded)
  • In-market (SE Asia) value chain mapping for the export of fresh and seed potatoes from South Australia February 2015 (State Government, Industry funded)
  • Export Strategy: Malaysia and Thailand August 2015 (State Government funded)
  • Transformation of graded out potatoes into pure nutritious premium food products targeting paediatric, geriatric and convenience market segments, June      2015-July 2016. Collaborative partners are the University of Adelaide And SAFCOL (State Government, Federal Government, Industry funded)

Projects recently funding:

  • South Australia River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Industry-led research sub-program proposal-Transforming Riverland food loss and industry waste into profit. Collaborative partners are PIRSA-SARDI, Potatoes South Australia, Citrus Australia, Australian Grape & Wine Authority, Australian Wine Research Institute, Horticulture Innovation Australia and individual wine companies. Potatoes South Australia chairs the Advisory Committee