Future trends exposed at Yanco Citrus Forum
Rootstock evaluation trials, the latest on emerging varieties, and advice to access emerging export markets will all be discussed at a citrus growers’ forum to be held at Yanco on Thursday, June 23.
Citrus Australia will host the event at the Yanco Research Station from 2.30pm to 5.45pm, followed by light refreshments.
Promising results from a rootstock evaluation project will be highlighted by NSW DPI Research Physiologist, Tahir Kurshid, while NSW DPI research horticulturist, Graeme Sanderson, will present a variety evaluation report and fruit tasting.
With growing international demand for Australian citrus, MFC grower services rep, Justin Lane, will advise growers on how to meet KCT (Korea, China, Thailand) protocols.
Citrus Australia staff will provide the latest updates on market access and the Citrus Tree Census.
Auscitrus Manager, Tim Herrmann, will discuss biosecurity and import procedures, while Agriculture Victoria scientist, Dr Kyla Finlay, will explain the risk to the industry from wind-borne pests, and how to deal with this.
A recent Plant Biosecurity CRC project found that long distance natural dispersal is a substantial and underestimated biosecurity risk and identified six important natural pathways.
Kyla is engaged in a project that will build on the key recommendations from CRC1031 to review existing surveillance techniques and Industry Biosecurity Plans in respect to naturally dispersed pests.
“Long distance natural dispersal of pests is a substantial and underestimated biosecurity risk.
“To improve our preparedness and early detection of pests arriving via wind dispersal, this project will help to develop more targeted and timely surveillance systems and identify preparedness strategies and options to assist end-users with managing wind-borne priority pest and pathogen threats.
“Through better targeting surveillance systems, end-users will be able to implement or improve the deployment of surveillance within areas and at times predicted to have a high risk of pests arriving by natural dispersal.
“This will result in an improvement in the allocation of limited surveillance resources and will increase our chances of early detection which will have a significant economic impact for both industry and government.”
For more information and to RSVP, contact Citrus Australia’s Nathan Hancock on 0429 772 181 or firstname.lastname@example.org