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Strengthening orchard profitability through research on orchard systems, managements and technologies
Now in its fourth iteration, the Productivity, Irrigation, Pests and Soils (PIPS) program began in 2009 to deliver whole-of-orchard system research, development and demonstration that continues to drive Australian apple and pear production today.
The PIPS 4 Profit Program is being delivered over five years, from 2023-2028, with an emphasis on strengthening orchard profitability through focusing research on orchard systems, management and technologies with the greatest potential for economic and sustainable benefit.
Four research and development projects, led by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) and Agriculture Victoria and supported by regional partners, have established a network of research and development activity in Australia’s growing regions.
The key PIPS 4 Profit Program areas of activity are:
Pear Production Systems for Future Climates
Building Sustainable Soils
This project has been funded by Hort Innovation using the apple and pear research and development levy and funds from the Australian Government. For more information on the fund and strategic levy investment visit horticulture.com.au