Adapting to market changes project
The Queensland pineapple industry is recognised as one of the most efficient in the world. However, it continues to face significant changes and challenges. For example, it must compete directly with both processed and fresh pineapple imports from countries with very low labour rates. This project will help the industry address these challenges.
Adapting to pineapple market changes - Phase IV
Start date: December 2010
Simon Newett, (07) 5453 5800
The aim of this project is to provide the means by which growers can:
The project will also investigate production costs and methods related to different crop cycles, planting densities, production of fruit for the fresh market compared with processing and costs of growing hybrids compared with Smooth Cayenne.
Leadership training for existing and future leaders will also be conducted during the project.
Intended outcomes of the project are:
Two study group meetings per group will be held each year for four groups:
A 'Pineapple problem solver handy guide' will be written and published, which will help growers identify causes of crop disorders.
Chapters of the existing 'Pineapple best practice manual' will be updated where necessary, and published and distributed to growers.
Information on pineapple growing costs and management practices across the industry will be collected and presented to growers. This will give them a better understanding of the economics of growing and inform them of alternative practices or methods that may benefit their production systems.
Leadership training will be organised and conducted both as a refresher for existing leaders and to prepare potential leaders for future leadership roles. Some basic computer training will be arranged for growers with limited skills in this area.
DAF, Pineapple Industry, Horticulture Australia Ltd
Growcom, Golden Circle
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