Low chemical horticulture production

Low chemical horticulture production

Australia-first project putting SA at the forefront of low chemical horticulture production.

South Australia is affirming its reputation as a clean, green producer of food with the first trials now completed under an Australia-leading program promoting low chemical vegetable production methods utilising insects to kill crop pests.

In an Australia-first program funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the National Vegetable Levy and managed by AUSVEG SA and agricultural consultancy IPM Technologies, South Australian resellers and agricultural advisors are being trained to use integrated pest management (IPM) techniques with their client growers.

The project is the first of its type within Australia and the success of the South Australian pilot has significant potential to be applied nationally. In an innovative approach, the project targets and trains advisors who work with growers on a daily basis to increase the impact and adoption of these innovative practices throughout the industry.

“Trials have now been completed at two sites in the Adelaide Hills and Northern Adelaide Plains production areas. Initial results have shown that trial growers have been able to produce high quality crops using naturally occurring beneficial insects to manage pest pressures,” said AUSVEG SA State Manager Mr Jordan Brooke-Barnett.

“AUSVEG SA has been extremely proud of the results to date with a large number of advisors and growers embracing the program and achieving excellent results in terms of pest management and quality.

“As we look at growing our exports to feed growing markets in Asia, having programs such as this in place will give domestic and international consumers the confidence that our South Australian growers are reliable producers of safe, environmentally-responsible produce.”

The AUSVEG SA and IPM Technologies trial program will be funded for another two-years and we expect further success stories from the project. The program is expected to leave a strong legacy for South Australian horticulture production as advisors in South Australia will be trained to give IPM advice into the future.