Implementing best practice of avocado fruit management and handling practices from farm to ripening (AV18000)
What’s it all about?
This project will help the avocado industry achieve further improvements in fruit quality, by facilitating the adoption of better practices – from what happens on the farm through to dispatch from the ripener.
The project team are looking at the current level of quality-related best practice adoption in the industry and where improvements can be made, with a focus on those practices that are known to impact on fruit quality, as revealed by previous levy-funded R&D.
These insights are then being used to deliver knowledge and technical support to growers, packhouse operators, transporters and ripeners. This is occurring through workshops and training activities, as well as the development of two supply chain case studies. Here, the project team will be working with two chains to monitor current performance, implement improvements, and measure the benefits.
Look out for opportunities to learn and get involved in industry channels.
Activities are underway for this project with the research team successfully engaging several district packhouses to begin their examination of supply chain practices and how they impact avocado quality.
You can read an article on this project, ‘Driving practice improvements in domestic avocado supply chains’ which was featured in the industry magazine Talking Avocados.
This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Avocado Fund