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Discover apple and pear levy investments into Apple and Pear Fund R&D initiatives

The apple and pear levy has been invested into following Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund R&D initiatives, together with Australian Government contributions.

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Completed project

Apple and pear qualitative research (AP22006)

In 2023, this project conducted qualitative consumer research to inform future marketing efforts in the apple and pear industry.

23 October 2023

Ongoing project

Pest and disease management (PIPS 4 Profit) (AP22001)

This investment is optimising the Australian apple and pear industry’s approach to integrated pest and disease management (IPDM) with a focus on profitability.

24 October 2023

Ongoing project

Pear production systems for future climates (PIPS 4 Profit) (AP22002)

This investment is developing more profitable pear orchards that have higher labour use efficiency, produce stable yields of high-quality fruit, use state-of-the-art technology to manage spatial and temporal variation, and collect objective eco-credential data to support low environmental impact production systems.

27 September 2023

Ongoing project

Optimising apple production systems (PIPS 4 Profit) (AP22004)

This project will provide a national approach to developing profitable growing systems for apple production across Australia.

27 September 2023

Ongoing project

PIPS 4 Profit Coordinator (AP22005)

This project supports the coordination and integration of several projects that comprise the ‘PIPS 4 Profit’ program for the apple and pear industry (the fourth iteration of the Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils program).

27 September 2023

Ongoing project

Apple and pear retail education program 2023 (AP22000)

This investment is tasked with assisting retailers to improve the instore presentation (appearance and quality) of apples and pears by increasing the store produce staff’s understanding of best practice merchandising principles.

19 April 2023

Ongoing project

Nuffield scholarships (MT22003)

This project supports a 2024 Nuffield Australia scholarship for the apple and pear, avocado, onion and rubus industries.

21 February 2023

Ongoing project

Marketing campaign evaluation modules FY22/23 (MT22200)

This project examines the impact of Hort Innovation’s Apple and Pear, Avocado, Banna, Mango, Mushroom and Sweetpotato levy-funded marketing campaigns.

24 October 2022

Ongoing project

National Fruit Fly Council – Phase 4 (FF20000)

The National Fruit Fly Council (NFFC) is a strategic body bringing together federal and state governments, growers and research funders to oversee the implementation of the National Fruit Fly Strategy.

2 August 2022