ACHIEVEMENTS to December 2018

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 2013’14’15’16 with >140 guests, raising $11,000 at the 2016 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, 2015 and 2016 to a young industry leader

  • Collaboration with VicDEPI/ 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 (WPC), 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, Peats Soils and Garden Supplies and Westpac Agribusiness are corporate partners

  • CEO, Robbie Davis is named 2016 RIRDC SA Rural Woman of the Year

  • Finalist in bid for Adelaide SA to convene the 2021 WPC

  • Co-partner of Hort Connections 2017

  • Independent Directors and second Independent Chair appointed to Board AGM 2017

  • Witness during FWC Full Bench decision to vary the coverage of the Horticulture Award, to preserve flexible and cost-competitive employment conditions in the horticulture industry

  • CEO, Robbie Davis on national Fight Food Waste & Fraud Advisory Committee and Interview Panel February 2018

  • South Australian and Victorian industry achieve market access for seed potatoes to Indonesia following 6 years of collaboration with ViCSPA and state and federal governments February 2018

  • CEO, Robbie Davis appointed non-executive director Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre (FFW CRC) FFW Ltd July 2018

  • Four South Australian potato companies and the Association are core and supporting participants of the CRC.

 

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))

  • Submission to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on the Working holiday maker visa review, September 2016

  • Witness Statement; Mitolo Group Pty Ltd and AiG Joint Application to vary the Horticulture Award 2010, Fair Work Commission, December 2016

     

Actions re PCN/PSTVd/Biosecurity Management:

  • Advocate and first State to follow Vic DPI’s National Regulatory Framework

  • Liaison with Biosecurity SA regarding PSTVd national management

  • Achievement of ‘blok of 4’ approach to the management of TPP November 2018

  • Achievement of market access for washed potatoes into Western Australia, December 2018

 

Completed 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 2014’16 (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-November 2016. Collaborative partners are the University of Adelaide and a manufacturer (State Government, Federal Government, Industry funded)

  • South Australia River Murray Sustainability (SARMS) Industry-led research sub-program proposal-Transforming Riverland food loss and industry waste into profit. Collaborative partners PIRSA-SARDI, Potatoes South Australia, Citrus Australia, Australian Grape & Wine Authority, Australian Wine Research Institute, individual wine companies, 2017. Potatoes South Australia chaired the Advisory Committee

  • Best Practice Agriculture in a Changing Climate, November 2017-February 2018. Collaborative partner PIRSA RSSA (SE NRM Board funded)

  • Development of a Premium South Australian Vodka from waste potato peel.

  • Collaborative partners are the University of Adelaide’s School of Agriculture, Food & Wine and Adelaide Hills Distillery (State Government, Industry funded)

  • Potato puree-demonstrating the functional benefits of ingredient replacement in products across a number of different premium categories. Collaborative partner University of Adelaide (Industry funded)

  • Precision mapping: does it tell us anything we don’t already know? Collaborative partner PIRSA RSSA (Government, Industry funded)

 

Ongoing Projects:

  • Nutrient dense food for healthy ageing. Collaborative partners are the University of Adelaide, TestKitchen Pty Ltd, Thomas Farms Kitchen Pty Ltd, Obela Fresh Dips & Spreads Pty Ltd (Pepsico), Joyce Gibson dietician (State Government, Industry funded)

 

Published Papers:

  • Wood, K, Carragher, J & Davis, R (2017). Australian consumers’ insights into potatoes-Nutritional knowledge, perceptions and beliefs. Appetite, 114, 169-174.