Horticulture

Managing fruit quality for export summer fruit industry webinars

By Country News

Four upcoming Agriculture Victoria webinars will offer an update on a new tool to predict stone fruit quality before it reaches its export destination.

Agriculture Victoria research scientist John Lopresti said the Managing fruit quality for export webinar series would include a presentation of the new tool designed to predict the likely quality of fruit received by overseas importers subjected to different cool chain variables.

“The aim of this research is to increase the value and profitability of Victoria’s horticultural exports by improving the ‘freshness, consistency and reputation’ of our horticulture exports into Asia,” Mr Lopresti said.

“We’ve put the series together exclusively for summer fruit growers and exporters — anyone with an interest in the industry.”

In 2018-19, with more than 22,000 tonnes exported, the overall value of Victoria’s stone fruit trade was worth $88.68 million.

The Stone fruit cultivar performance during cool storage and predicting quality during export webinar will be the first of four beginning on August 19, containing the latest research on supply chain innovation from Agriculture Victoria and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Queensland.

Upcoming webinars:

Wednesday, August 19:

Stone fruit cultivar performance during cool storage and predicting quality during export. Presented by Agriculture Victoria researcher John Lopresti, from 3 pm to 4 pm.  Register via Zoom at: bit.ly/30vo2t6

Wednesday, August 26:

Using real-time data loggers and dashboards. Presented by Agriculture Victoria researcher Glenn Hale, from 3 pm to 4 pm.  Register via Zoom at: bit.ly/3kgkeE0

Wednesday, September 2:

Delayed cooling after harvest reduces storage disorders in white nectarine and peach. Presented by Agriculture Victoria researcher John Lopresti, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Register via Zoom at: bit.ly/3fwqaVR

Wednesday, September 9:

Are the fruit on your trees really ready to pick? Presented by Agriculture Victoria researcher Christine Frisina, from 3 pm to 4 pm. Register via Zoom at: bit.ly/2EXUADZ

All webinars will be recorded and made available at: hin.com.au/networks/profitable-stonefruit-research