Development of the National onion industry extension strategy (VN20000)
What was it all about?
This short investment examined the Australian onion industry’s extension needs and opportunities to develop a delivery strategy. Through industry consultation, the research team identified key development needs in the major onion growing regions of Australia, proposing a pathway to enhance industry capability.
With only 225 growers spread across multiple growing regions, the opportunity for onion-specific on-the-ground extension for each issue is limited. It was identified that effective prioritisation and targeting is required for maximum impact.
The onions industry is a mature one, with experienced growers who draw heavily on agronomists for advice. The team found that, by necessity, delivery of extension services needs to take a systems approach and include key delivery partners such as Onions Australia network, agronomists, research partners, agribusiness, and cross-industry extension staff and programs.
The team recommended an approach involving multidisciplinary action groups to focus on addressing Tier 1 and Tier 2 issues, plus an industry role to facilitate their function, oversee action strategies and evaluate progress.
- Tier 1 issues were defined as being specific to onions, deemed critical, urgent and important, and requiring action-based strategies to change the status quo – such as chemical crop protection options
- Tier 2 issues already have a sound knowledge base but require ongoing attention, with information available through existing channels, agronomists and cross-industry programs.
Resourcing and funding arrangements and the use of a national governance system were also recommended.
Access the National Onion Industry Extension Strategy to find out more.
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the onion research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.
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