Macadamia investment takes off

A new plan will invest a minimum of $15 million worth of R&D and marketing projects into Australia’s macadamia industry over the next five years, and will aim to consolidate our position as the world’s leading producer of the nut.

The plan, conceived by peak body the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS), will be presented to growers at seminars this evening in Lismore and tomorrow in Wollongbar.

AMS CEO Jolyon Burnett will deliver the draft of the industry’s 2015–2020 strategic investment plan at the seminars, as well as seeking input and feedback about the plan from local growers.

The workshops will also focus on disease management, and guest speakers will deliver a number of key presentations, updates and support to the region’s macadamia growers, researchers and industry representatives.

There will be a special presentation by researcher Dr Dean Metcalf, who is overseeing a ‘Biological Husk Spot Control Project’. Husk spot is one of the most prevalent diseases affecting the Australian macadamia industry.

Dr Metcalf has previously developed commercially available biological fungicides for the control of root rot in onions and botrytis in table grapes.


Seminar times:

Lismore Workers Club, 213 Keen St, Lismore, tonight (Wednesday July 24) 5.45–8.45pm
Food and drinks on arrival from 5.30pm

Hudson Room, Wollongbar DPI, 1243 Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar, Thursday July 25, 9am–1pm

Refreshments from 8.45am and free lunch from 1pm

To book or for further information. phone Nyree on 0434 261 070.

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