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...

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.

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...

Please RSVP to Mike using the Registration Form by Friday 29th June.

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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...


Fight Food Waste

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...

It is estimated that Australian households throw away almost $4,000 worth of unused food each year.

A new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), supported by a $30 million grant from the Turnbull Government’s CRC Program, could see this wastage reduced, keeping more money in the pockets of Australian families.  Read more...

Certified seed potatoes from South Australia and Victoria have been approved for market access to our nearest neighbour, Indonesia, at recent bilateral trade discussions held in Melbourne.

Market access to Indonesia enables certified seed potato growers in South Australia and Victoria to supply the Indonesian market with potentially 85,000 tonnes of certified seed potatoes with a market value of $AUD110m annually.  Read more...

Chief Inspector Biosecurity Notice

The peak representative body for the potato industry value chain, Potatoes South Australia Incorporated, has appointed experienced Director and Chairman Dr Andrew MacDonald, as its new Independent Chair, at a meeting of the Association’s Board in Adelaide, yesterday.

Dr MacDonald replaces Mr Brian Cunningham who has been in the role since 2013.  Mr Cunningham said that the Board was very pleased to announce Dr MacDonald’s appointment as Potatoes South Australia enters into an exciting new phase of its evolution.  Read more...


Exotic Plant Pest: Tomato Potato Psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) and Zebra Chip (Candidatus Liberibacter solanacearum) 

As a result of detections of the exotic plant pest Tomato Potato Psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli) on plant material in Western Australia, I advise that Biosecurity SA has implemented a new Condition 17 of the Plant Quarantine Standard South Australia, imposing restrictions and prohibitions on hosts in the solanaceae and convolvulaceae families. This directly effects well-known products like potatoes, tomatoes, capsicums, eggplants and sweet potato. 

Condition 17 requires certification for host plant material, fruit and vegetables and associated plantingmedia, machinery and equipment that enters South Australia from Western Australia.  

The conditions are provided below and are effective from 11:59pm on 14th February 2017. If you have any questions on the entry conditions or arrangements to import fruit, vegetables and plants in the solanaceae and convolvulaceae families, please contact Biosecurity SA’s Market Access team on (08) 82077814.

If you suspect any arriving produce is affected by Tomato Potato Psyllid, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881.

For more information on Condition 17 click here.