new ideas, better performance, more exports
The Victorian Government is encouraging innovation and collaboration in the horticulture sector through a fund enabling research and development projects that will help the sector remain profitable and sustainable into the future.
The Horticulture Innovation Fund (HIF) is enabling 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) have been awarded for applied research and development projects that will contribute to a more productive and profitable horticulture sector. The program is now fully subscribed.
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.
Table: Projects approved under the Horticulture Innovation Fund
|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 varieties||Canned 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 cherries, 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 plums||Agropraisals 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 industry||AD & VR Henry|
|Enhancing growth and quality of vegetables with photo-luminescent plastics||Monash University|
|DA meter software development for the Horticulture supply chain||Apple & Pear Australia Ltd|
|Native pollinators increasing productivity of native food orchards||Barengi Gadjin Land Council Aboriginal Corporation|
|Adaptation in the vineyard to a water limited futures - sunscreens and water budgeting||Australian Wine Research Institute|
|Innovative solutions to manage smoke risk in the Victorian wine industry - testing barrier sprays in controlled smoke tents||Australian 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 growers||Australian Table Grapes Association|
|Prototype for fruit chain quality management technology|
A.C.N. Orchards Pty Ltd
|Establishment of a passive insect surveillance trapping system for the processing tomato and seed potato industry||Australian Processing Tomato Research Council|
|Spray thinning for crop load management of stonefruit - nectarines, peaches and plums||Agropraisals Pty Ltd|
|Improvement of soil water retention and aeration capacity using porous silica||RMIT University|
|Adoption pathways of hydroponic blueberries – optimised fertiliser practices and economic viability||Lean Nominees Pty Ltd T/A Tuckerberry Hill|
The Horticulture Innovation Fund is brought to you by Agriculture Victoria.