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Ongoing project

World Potato Congress and European potato conference study tours (PT18002)

Key research provider: AUSVEG

What’s it all about?

This investment is facilitating four international study tours for the fresh and processing potato industries – providing the opportunity for levy payers and industry researchers to travel overseas to learn and engage with international experts and peers.

Attendance is all about increasing knowledge and awareness of global research, practices and innovations, and supporting the adoption of the latest practices and technologies here in Australia.

Specific tours supported by the project include those to the PotatoEurope exhibition in September 2019 (Belgium), 2020 (France) and 2021 (the Netherlands), and to the World Potato Congress 2021, held in Ireland across late May and early June 2021.


Keep a look out, as opportunities to participate in the project’s tours will be communicated in industry channels, including AUSVEG and Hort Innovation newsletters. Learnings from each tour will also be shared in industry newsletters and magazines, to ensure all industry participants can access knowledge and advice from the events.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, PotatoEurope 2020 was unfortunately cancelled. The next edition of the PotatoEurope cycle will take place in September 2021 in the Netherlands. Further information will be communicated in industry channels when available.

The 2019 study tour provided five Australian potato growers and agronomists with exposure to the latest in potato production practices and technologies employed by their international counterparts in Europe and from around the world. The tour inspired participants to review the strategic direction of their businesses and investigate improvements in their current potato growing operations, while simultaneously identifying new ideas and technologies for implementation in Australia. The trip facilitated the opportunity for participants to learn skills and knowledge to broaden their farm management capabilities and provided them with more confidence to take up new technologies and play a direct role in advancing the future of the Australian potato industry.

Knowledge was obtained by visiting a range of potato growing operations, research facilities and agribusinesses across Belgium. The diverse range of meetings held during the trip provided insights into new and unique business practices that could be implemented in Australia, and inspired participants to further research these opportunities upon their return.

Following the conclusion of the tour, AUSVEG published an article on the tour in the October 2019 edition of Potatoes Australia, titled ‘Aussie growers and processors get a taste of the European potato industry.


This project is a strategic levy investment in the Hort Innovation Potato – Fresh and Potato – Processing Funds