To help identify barriers to broader adoption of certified trees in Australia, the Australian Pome Fruit Improvement Program (APFIP) is conducting a survey of growers and nurseries.
Nursery owners, apple and pear growers, and those working in these fruit-growing business as an orchard or nursery manager are invited to complete the survey and have already been sent an email with an invitation to complete the survey directly.
Alternatively, you can complete the relevant survey right now here:
APFIP manages a certification system for apple and pear tree propagation material including rootstock, budwood and trees. The project has recently been renewed as a strategic levy investment of the Hort Innovation Apple and Pear Fund.
Mark Hankin, APFIP Operations Manager, explained that getting a richer understanding of growers’ and nurseries’ perspectives and opinions on APFIP certified trees was critical to the future planning of the program.
“We have some good data on the performance of APFIP-certified trees, yet we estimate on average only around 10 per cent of the industry is using certified trees – meaning both the rootstock and budwood is certified,” Mark said.
“We want to better understand adoption and certification practices to help us plan the future of APFIP and the provision of apple and pear trees that are tested negative to known viruses.”
Currie Communications is conducting the survey for APFIP. It will take less than five minutes and your answers will be aggregated for analysis and reported to APFIP.
If you have questions about this survey please contact Sophie Clayton on firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 9670 6599.