The auction of new season baby potatoes, the only one of its kind in Australia, resulted in a final bid of a very impressive $9,400. This was for 10kgs so that means these very special potatoes actually sold or $940,000 per tonne! Mr Peter Brinkworth, National Sales and Marketing Manager, Zerella Fresh bid on behalf of the company.

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Riverland potato producer Justin Della Zoppa has been named the 2014 Rabobank Potatoes South Australia Industry Award winner.

 

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The Board of peak industry body, Potatoes South Australia is delighted to announce new members of its team at both Board and Management levels.

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Young Riverland potato farmer Justin Della Zoppa says he has been reaping the benefits back on the family farm after being awarded a scholarship to attend the Rabobank Farm Managers Program last year.

Mr Della Zoppa was co-sponsored by Potatoes South Australia and Rabobank to undertake the program in 2014.

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Potato growers in Western Australia have invested heavily in a potato marketing program aimed at stopping the decline in consumption per capita of fresh potatoes. Independent research had shown that potato consumption in Western Australia had dropped from 25 kilos / capita to less than 20 kilos / capita (from 2002 – 2012).

Faced with a declining industry, the growers decided to invest in a campaign to promote fresh potatoes as great tasting, extremely versatile, convenient and packed full of vitamins and minerals. Launched in October 2013, the campaign has now been running for 18 months with clear and tangible signs of success.

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A Department of Agriculture National Landcare Innovation funded project, “Innovative Nutrient Management for the Australian Potato Industry”, is now in its second year.  Managed by Potatoes South Australia Incorporated, the peak industry body for the potato industry value chain, and  delivered by PIRSA’s consultancy business unit, Rural Solutions SA, the project will help develop a more reliable soil Phosphorus test, the Diffuse Gradient in Thin-films (DGT) test.

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Potatoes South Australia Incorporated and ViCSPA will co-host the 2014 Potato Industry Conference in Mount Gambier, South Australia 10-12th August 2014.  Themed, " Think Local, Think Global, Think Potatoes" the program will focus on the world class Australian potato industry and Australia's capability to export premium product.

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Unusual seasonal conditions over the past six months, exacerbated by the extreme heat experienced earlier this month are causing major disruptions in the national supply of our favourite vegetable. Lower yields across all of the South Australian growing regions, particularly in the Riverland and Mallee districts, are being experienced.

South Australia is the nation’s largest potato producer (380,000 tonnes annually) and produces 80% of Australia’s fresh washed potatoes. Supply is all year round.

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Australian primary producers, including those in the potato industry, will benefit under the Korea-Australia free-trade agreement (KAFTA) which was publically released by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) today.

Korea is already Australia’s fifth largest export market for agricultural, fisheries, forestry and food products valued at $2.27 billion in 2012-13.Agricultural exports alone are expected to be 73 per cent higher by 2030 under this FTA.

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New on-the-ground projects will give farmers in Barker more tools and research to help them reduce farm costs, increase productivity and achieve greater returns at the farmgate.

Member for Barker, Tony Pasin MP said Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce had this week announced funding for 31 new projects across Australia as part of the Australian Government’s $21.2 million Landcare Innovation Grants.

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