Creating a prosperous, sustainable and healthy Northern Australia

Considering protected cropping in the tropics?

Considering protected cropping in the tropics?
  • Author Dr Elio Jovicich from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Publish date 13 December 2021
  • Type Webinar
  • Horticulture

Summary

Presented by Dr Elio Jovicich from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries as part of the webinar ‘Protected cropping—viruses, bacteria and tropical production’ held on 1 December 2021.

Projects

Strengthening Northern Australia’s horticultural sector through assessing protected cropping value chain linkages and pathways for adoption

Strengthening Northern Australia’s horticultural sector through assessing protected cropping value chain linkages and pathways for adoption

This project brings together an R&D partnership between industry stakeholders and government organisations across northern QLD, NT, and WA that will support growers identify new investments to scale up commercial protected cropping (PC). The work will build on an initial proof of concept undertaken by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to assist the horticulture industry establish a set of technologies and associated agronomic practices to securely produce a wider range of ‘demand-led’ fresh produce, over a longer period and with greater efficiency in the management of resources. Development of a road map of potential pathways for increased benefits to farmers through PC adoption will provide current and new growers tangible steps which can be taken and identify ways northern Australia’s vegetable and fruit export value chains can be strengthened. The Protected Cropping project will inform a vision for the PC industry in the tropics and outline region-specific potential pathways to adoption.

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