Potatoes South Australia is the peak representative body for the potato industry, which is the state and nation’s largest horticultural sector.
A ‘first’ in the Australian potato industry, Potatoes South Australia has been established following expansive industry consultation to represent all stakeholders in the entire value chain.
Potatoes South Australia is a “not for profit” membership-based incorporated association providing the voice for seed producers, fresh market growers, processing growers, packers, processors, marketers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers, service providers, restaurants and consumers.
We are industry-driven and consumer-focused.
The federal government''s Designated Area Migration Agreement to boost regional populations and provide much needed labour to regional SA has been welcomed by the state's regional economic body.
Earlier this week, it announced specific visas to attract overseas workers in areas of skills shortages where Australian workers are not available
Similar agreements are also in place in Vic's Great South Coast, WA's Kalgoorlie-Boulder and the Northern Territory.
Under the Regional SA DAMA up to 750 people a year will be sponsored from overseas over the five-year period across 114 occupations, including agriculture and food processing and manufacturing. Click here to read more.
This is VERY IMPORTANT information regarding changes to Biosecurity conditions for interstate trade between SA and WA.
Potatoes South Australia has been working closely with PIRSA Biosecurity SA on two highly significant issues:
- Western Australian (WA) entry conditions for washed ware potatoes from South Australia (SA); and
- The acceptance of CLso Freedom in WA.
Many of you would be aware of these changes, particularly the opening of the WA border for exports which has been widely publicised. Click here for more information on this.
Please see media release below concerning the waiving of student fees for regional 457 / 482 visa holders.
This was as a direct result of lobbying around the real life example of children being driven across the border from Parilla, South Australia to Victoria to attend school.
Everything about the Annual Potato Industry Dinner at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide on Friday night was exceptional! The industry and supporting stakeholders united in a way never seen before with the Exhibition Hall brought to a stand-still!
L-R: Rod Knight (Thomas Foods International Fresh Produce), John Mitolo, Alex Mitolo (The Mitolo Group), Robbie Davis (Potatoes South Australia), Paul White (Zerella Fresh), Chris McDermott (Little Heroes Foundation)
Every year, an auction of new season baby potatoes is held during the evening, with all proceeds donated to the Little Heroes Foundation, a charity dedicated to supporting children living with cancer and serious illness, and their families.
Mr Chris McDermott, Little Heroes Foundation Chairman and CEO talked of the work a little girl with a rare genetic disease who had passed away during the week. She had been in the care of the Foundation for the past eight years. Click here to read more...
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