Introduction to the Horticulture Innovation Fund
The Victorian Government is encouraging innovation and collaboration in the horticulture sector with a fund available for research and development projects that will help the sector remain profitable and sustainable into the future.

The Horticulture Innovation Fund (HIF) will support industry to partner with research organisations on projects that use new technologies and techniques for improving overall economic performance. Through the HIF, the Victorian Government seeks to support a horticulture sector that is innovative, collaborative and well informed.

Grants of up to $50,000 (excluding GST) are available for applied research and development projects that contribute to a more productive and profitable horticulture sector. The program is open until 2019 and is administered by the Victorian Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources (DEDJTR).

Projects eligible for assistance from the HIF include:

  • Applied horticultural research and development that is innovative and likely to improve farm performance, and/or
  • Research that will improve market access and business diversification activities as applied to the horticulture sector.

For more information, who is eligible and how to apply http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/horticulture/horticulture-innovation-fund

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Research projects

Table: Projects approved under the Horticulture Innovation Fund

Project Title

Applicant
Develop an on-line GPS based data management module for seed potato certification.Victorian Seed Potato Certification Authority
The application of the UAV-borne hyperspectral crop disease detection in processing tomatoes.Australian Processing Tomato Research Council
Native vegetation insectariums in Horticulture.Agribusiness Yarra Valley
Develop a Difference of Absorption (DA) Index for 5 major canned peach varietiesCanned Fruit Industry Council
The implementation of a local grid in the Cobram fruit growing area and QFF research on the habits of the pest during the winter months and how they can be better targeted during this period.Cobram & District Fruit Growers Association
Trialling calcium carbonate spray at leaf fall to increase winter chill accumulation in Cherry, Apples and Almonds.Insense Pty Ltd
To develop and evaluate a rapid technique for the identification of the exotic Tomato Potato Psyllid (TPP), the number 1 exotic threat to the Victorian potato industry.Plant Biosecurity CRC
Establish Difference of Absorption (DA) meter protocols for the Goulburn Valley Apples, Pears and Stonefruit to better match fresh market expectations.Integrity Fruit Pty Ltd
Trialling spray thinning for crop load management of fresh fruit market plumsAgropraisals Pty Ltd
Improving ATGA online export training and accreditation program.Australian Table Grapes Association
The development and testing of an approved building concrete product using vine waste from tomato industryAD & VR Henry
Enhancing growth and quality of vegetables with photo-luminescent plasticsMonash University
DA meter software development for the Horticulture supply chainApple & Pear Australia Ltd
Native pollinators increasing productivity of native food orchardsBarengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
Adaptation in the vineyard to a water limited futures - sunscreens and water budgetingAustralian Wine Research Institute
Innovative solutions to manage smoke risk in the Victorian wine industry - testing barrier sprays in controlled smoke tentsAustralian Wine Research Institute
Develop weed control information package for management of nursery weeds

Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria

Development of mobile MRL electronic platform for Australian table grape growersAustralian Table Grapes Association
Prototype for fruit chain quality management technology

A.C.N. Orchards Pty Ltd

The Horticulture Innovation Fund is brought to you by Agriculture Victoria (Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources).

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