Australians eat more than a million tonnes of potatoes every year, and almost all of them are grown on Australian farms. But the plant stock for new varieties comes from overseas. Prue Adams reports on the long process to put spuds on our plates. Click here to view the report by Prue Adams.

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.

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.

Click here for the media release and here for a full list of regional schools exempt from fees.

Industry Stakeholders

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.

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!

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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...

Blind tastings to find the perfect potato vodka are revealing left over starch from making potato crisps is the choice ingredient for a top drop.

In fact, the starch cake sourced from PepsiCo’s Adelaide crisp factory is proving so good that Adelaide Hills Distillery is now working towards launching its unique new vodka in January.

“We’re creating a vodka with flavour that’s mindfully sourced and sustainably made,” Potatoes South Australia CEO Robbie Davis says.

It was Ms Davis’s peak industry body that began work on creating the unusual new vodka with Adelaide Hills Distillery and the University of Adelaide last year.

They won a $30,000 grant from the former Labor State Government with the idea of finding new ways to use potato waste, and soon began trials using potato peel, the starch cake left over after making crisps and potato water. Click here to continue reading....

A major collaborative research project to develop nutrient dense foods has received funding through the latest round of PIRSA’s Advanced Food Manufacturing (AFM) Grants Program. Potatoes South Australia, the representative voice for the potato industry value chain, in collaboration with the University of Adelaide, Test Kitchen SA Pty Ltd, dietician Joyce Gibson, Obela Fresh Dips & Spreads Pty Ltd and Thomas Farms Kitchen (Thomas Foods International), will receive $320,000 over two years for research and product development. The Industry is co-funding the project. Click here to read more...

Mike Rettke, Research Scientist, Diagnostic tests for soil-borne pathogens, Potatoes, Onions, Vegetables PIRSA-SARDI is holding a PREDICTA Pt training workshop at the Plant Research Centre, off Waite Road, Urrbrae on Tuesday 10 July, 2018. Click here to read more...

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Champions 12.3 is a coalition of executives from governments, businesses, international organizations, research institutions, farmer groups, and civil society dedicated to inspiring ambition, mobilizing action, and accelerating progress toward achieving SDG Target 12.3 by 2030.

Members are senior executives of these institutions, including ministers, chief executive officers, and executive directors. Executives preside over institutions that have the ability to impact food loss and waste reduction at scale and that are dedicated to meeting Target 12.3.

Potatoes South Australia is now proud to be part of the Friends of Champions 12.3 network. Click here to find out more...


A new $133 million 10 year research centre will target food waste to improve the future sustainability and profitability of the Australian food industry.

Food waste is a global issue with losses valued at $1.3 trillion per annum. Food waste costs Australia $20 billion each and every year and is directly affecting Australia’s reputation as a clean, green food producer.  Read more...