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Ongoing project

Avocado industry capacity building – Western Australia (AV17006)

Key research provider: The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia

What’s it all about?

Contracted in late 2018, this investment supports the role and activities of a Western Australia Avocado Research Officer, to help develop the capacity and productivity of the state’s avocado industry. The officer is tasked with delivering best practice management information to growers and other industry participants in Western Australia, supporting national development activities within the region (such as forums and workshops), and helping address identified orchard productivity issues in the state through research activities.

With project activities now in swing, Western Australian growers are encouraged to reach out to research officer Declan McCauley on 08 9777 0184 or at for any information or queries relating to his work.

As well as communicating best practice in avocado growing in the state, one specific area of research for the project has been identified, with work being conducted into fruitlet drop shortly after flowering, after fruitlets have exceeded a size of 5.5mm. Here, Declan’s work is tying into that of another Hort Innovation Avocado Fund project, Maximising yield and reducing seasonal variation (AV16005).


Learn more about Declan in this profile piece, run in the Department’s March 2019 e-newsletter.

The project has also been updating resources for avocado growers on the Department’s website, including…

Declan Macauley has been appointed as the new state-based Research Officer, within the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Western Australia. With the officer role in place, initial project activities will include conducting consultation and a ‘needs analysis’ in conjunction with the Western Australia avocado industry, to help guide the specific work and areas of focus for the project.

Related levy funds

This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Avocado Fund