Rural research and development has delivered Australia’s tree crop industry a new online tool which will enable quicker and more targeted biosecurity and disaster planning and responses.
The Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, welcomed the release of the Australian Tree Crop Rapid Response Map, part of a $3.4 million project from the Australian Government’s Rural R&D for Profit program.
“This new map is an important development for our avocado, macadamia and mango industries,” Minister Ruston said.
“It helps to safeguard the future of tree crop industries by pin-pointing the precise location and coverage of farms—important new data to support biosecurity planning and responses for an exotic disease incursion.
“By combining this map with weather information it can also provide a clear picture of the impact of natural disasters for authorities, industry bodies, and insurance companies, and was used following Cyclone Debbie in Queensland.
“The map shows what can be achieved when industry, research and development corporations, researchers and state government agencies work together.
“It is part of a wider project managed by Hort Innovation, Multi-scale monitoring tools for managing Australian tree crops – Industry meets innovation, which received more than $3.4 million under round one of the government’s Rural R&D for Profit program.
“This project will help macadamia, avocado and mango growers make important decisions around fruit and nut quality and yield, and monitor tree health including early detection of pests and disease outbreaks.”
Minister Ruston also announced a grant of more than $75,000 for the Australian Mango Industry Association for a new online export registration mapping and phyto-data recording system for Australian mango growers.
“This registration system will make the application process for export quicker and easier for growers to use, and apply consistency in data collection,” Minister Ruston said.
“These faster and simpler arrangements provide savings directly to producers and exporters, helping to give them easier access to a slice of the international market trade.”
The grant is part of the government’s $15 million PASE program which aims to improve market access for small exporters of meat, eggs, dairy, fish, horticultural, grain and plant products.
Source: Australian Government