Research & Extension
Gordon Brown reviews a method of ‘training’ bees to selectively harvest nectar and pollen from apple and pear…
Launched in 2006, Future Orchards provides growers with practical and hands-on education to improve the fruit quality and productivity of their orchards and increase their competitiveness.
Designed to increase production, lower orchard production costs, increase the percentage of premium fruit harvested, Future Orchards is well on track to bring Australian orchardists up to best-in-class standards.
APAL oversees management and delivery of the Export Readiness and Market Access program, which will put in place the frameworks and tools required to drive the export of Australian apples and pears.
Funded by Hort Innovation, the program focuses on improving grower and packer export capability, whilst developing and maintaining key market access intelligence to assist exporters understand markets and connect with real export opportunities.
Australia’s reputation for premium fruit and orchard productivity is globally established. To unlock the next wave of value and ensure a more profitable future, the apple and pear industry must work to improve its commercial practices.
Launched in 2019 as a companion to the highly successful Future Orchards program, Future Business’ priorities, are to harmonise supply chains, improve procurement practices, promote risk management and support data-driven decision making. These types of sound business management practices will help to transform the long-term outlook of the apple and pear industry.
As technology has exponentially improved, intelligent business systems are now being used to drive data based decision-making on orchard and in the pack house, reducing reliance on intuition or gut feel alone.
APAL is seeking feedback and undertaking feasibility research for a new Industry Data Project utilising an online database to provide live business updates sourced from growers and cool stores.
Trade, biosecurity, seasonal labour, water security and the Hort Award are just some of the areas currently impacting apple and pear growers which require informed, diplomatic and skilful representation with Government.
Working with Agriculture Victoria Services (AVS) and Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF Qld) to commercialise brands and managed varieties, APAL manages all areas of variety propagation, PBR strategy, contract development, licensing and trademark management. Most importantly, APAL has strength in brand development and how to ensure the consumer experience guides brand development.
APAL’s variety development services include new variety and rootstock evaluations, importation quarantine management and tree certification services to industry.