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Ongoing project

Processing tomato industry capacity building (TM17000)

Key research provider: Australian Processing Tomato Research Council

What’s it all about?

Beginning in late 2018, this is the inaugural voluntary levy investment in the Hort Innovation Processing Tomato Fund. It facilitates an industry development program that’s all about supporting awareness and adoption of R&D outcomes, delivering best practice information, enhancing skills of existing industry participants and encouraging new entrants.

Specific activities include but aren’t limited to:

  • Delivery of communication channels including the annual Australian Processing Tomato Grower Magazine and quarterly Tomato Topics newsletters
  • Events including industry field days and annual R&D forums
  • The collection of industry benchmark data and statistics, communicated to industry through annual data and statistics reports
  • Supporting on-farm trials, including cultivar evaluation trials, and disseminating results to industry.

  • Australian Processing Tomato Research Council (APTRC) website is now live and has been upgraded and redesigned so materials and resources can be easily uploaded. See the active website here
  • The March and June 2020 editions of the Tomato Topics newsletter has been posted to the APTRC website for viewing
  • Cultivar and on-farm trials were completed. A summary of the qualitative findings can be found in the June Tomato Topics newsletter on p.4-9.
  • The Irrigation Field Day was held in January 2020. A total of 57 people attended which comprised of growers, agronomists and Kagome Foods field, marketing and production staff. Participants were taken to an ‘130 hectare trial’ being conducted by Netafim and Kagome Farms, centred on a thin-walled, low-pressure, low flow, single-use tape system. You can read more about the Irrigation Field Day in the December 2019 Tomato Topics magazine
  • The 2019 Australian Processing Tomato Grower magazine was issued in January 2020. The publication presents a full description of this project’s activities during the 2018/19 season. The magazine can be viewed here, or found in the Growers Resource Centre section on the website.
  • An industry R&D data base has been established and published on the APTRC website as a tool to collate past R&D investments and outcomes from previous projects.
  • Pest and disease reporting system is being discussed as a way for industry to benefit from an active system of pest and disease information.
  • In response to the 2018/2019 bacterial speck incursion, the industry’s worst outbreak, APTRC undertook a joint project with Growchem to trial the efficacy of specific controls in managing bacterial speck. The final report for this project can be viewed here.