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.
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The project team has completed the remaining supply chain audits to complete 40 investigations in five regions. De-identified benchmark data was collected regarding management practices, temperature management and fruit quality.
The findings from the audits were discussed with growers and industry members at five benchmarking workshops, with valuable input provided by attendees. The focus on delivery of improved and more consistent fruit quality prompted positive feedback and helpful ideas for how to improve data collection in the future.
Several potential case studies were identified to support future communications to industry, which be used in conjunction with year two data when it is available.
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