Fresh ideas in the Australian ginger industry

Thursday, 06 December, 2018

Fresh ideas in the Australian ginger industry

The Australian ginger industry is going through a period of change, with a new AgriFutures panel chair and R&D investment focused on innovative agtech.

After joining the AgriFutures Ginger Program Advisory Panel in 2017, Carter & Spencer Group’s Nicole Christodoulou has been appointed as Chair. Former chair Shane Templeton of Templeton’s Ginger encouraged the move, stating it is a “wonderful opportunity to make her mark on the industry”. He said Christodoulou’s contribution to the Advisory Panel has been noted, particularly her focus on ensuring R&D investment decisions are aligned with the industry five-year plan.

“She is a natural leader and brings a youthful energy to the team which we hope will inspire others to take note of the value, and importance, of R&D to the future success of the industry,” said Templeton.

Christodoulou is encouraging more young people into the industry using technology. She said: “There are so many exciting opportunities to introduce technology into the ginger industry. We hope that through greater promotion of R&D we can bring these ideas to the table and drive practice change on farm and in our processing facilities.”

The AgriFutures Ginger Program Advisory Panel will continue to focus on delivering the objectives outlined in the Ginger Program RD&E Plan 201–2022, which are to ensure industry competitiveness, build stronger linkages with customers and the market, and coordinate the industry's future direction. A recent open call for research proposals also focused specifically on driving on-farm productivity through innovative technology.

John Smith, AgriFutures Australia Program Manager, Research & Innovation, said the targeted approach is aimed at encouraging agtech researchers to develop proposals that address in-field weed control.

“We’re seeking new ideas to solve key industry problems — innovative ideas that can identify weeds from ginger plants and either remove or restrict herbicide use to eliminate the weed will make a significant impact on the future prosperity of the ginger industry,” said Smith. “The future of the ginger industry is bright and we’re excited about the momentum that is building.”

Growers with an interest in R&D are encouraged to apply to become an Advisory Panel member. Applications close 14 December 2018.

Image credit: ©Kenishirotie/Dollar Photo Club

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