Current Projects

Australian Sweetpotato Growers Inc. works closely with growers, the research funding body Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA) and the research provider Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) to develop projects to lift productivity, improve production practices and improve quality.

Currently ASPG Inc. is the service provider of one project funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the Vegetable Industry levy and funds from the Australian Government. Is a collaborator with DAFF in an Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project, and is the sole financial provider for the establishment of a marketing levy for sweetpotatoes.

HIA supported project – Innovating new virus diagnostics and planting bed management in the Australian Sweetpotato Industry

One of the most significant Research Development and Extension outcomes in the last decade has been the development and commercialisation of the system for supplying pathogen-tested (PT), ‘virus-free’ planting material to growers, via a Quality Assured, structured process. This PT planting material scheme has been so successful that over 95% of current Australian commercial sweetpotato production utilises this scheme. The Australian sweetpotato industry needs to have a well-founded understanding of the viruses in other countries and the ability to diagnose […]

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Collaborator with DAFF in ACIAR supported project – Identifying appropriate strategies for reducing virus and weevil losses in sweetpotato production systems in Papua New Guinea and Australia

Papua New Guinea (PNG) produces approximately 2,870,000 tonne of sweetpotato (compared with Australia’s 100,000 tonnes) annually and accounts for 64% of the countries staple food production. Within ACIAR’s broader development goal of increasing the resilience of food security systems, the specific aim of this project is to identify strategies for managing sweetpotato pests and diseases in PNG and Australia. Specific objectives are to: To assess the value of Pathogen Tested (PT) planting materials in reducing the impact of virus diseases […]

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ASPG Inc. supported project – Establishment of a Marketing Levy for Sweetpotatoes

The Australian Sweetpotato industry is valued over $80 million and has seen significant growth and development in recent years. However production has started to exceed demand and as a result retail pressure is forcing-down growers’ returns. Market research has shown that with promotion, more people can be prompted to buy Sweetpotatoes; and those that already do, buy more. In August 2008, at a General Meeting the motion of establishing a Marketing Levy was voted on and carried by a majority […]

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