Protected Cropping Australia (PCA) will hold its biennial conference and trade show at the centrally located Adelaide Convention Centre in South Australia from 3-6 July 2011. This will be the eleventh conference and trade show held by the association, previously known as the Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Association (AHGA).
PCA is the peak industry body representing the interests of commercial greenhouse and hydroponic growers, an industry currently valued at around $1.3 billion at the farm gate. The main commercial crops are salad vine crops, lettuce and herbs, strawberries and flowers in both protected and outdoor cropping systems.
Australia is one of the few countries to have come through the global financial crisis virtually unscathed, with agriculture credited with a major influence on keeping the economy in the black. Australian horticulture, and especially the protected cropping industry, continues to expand and invest in the future. Some growers affected by the recent major floods see this as an opportunity to rebuild and upgrade their equipment. The PCA event in Adelaide is timely in that it will allow the industry to showcase the latest in structures and hydroponic technology for those growers looking to expand or those needing to replace flood and cyclone – damaged infrastructure. Sponsorship/exhibitor opportunities are available from the Conference Organiser or PCA website.
For delegates, this national industry event is a meeting place for commercial growers, industry experts, and suppliers of allied products and services, all under one roof. Historically, the conference and trade show has attracted industry participants from all areas of Australia and the Asia Pacific region. Attendees also include a significant number of international visitors. Arguably, Australia is a leader in temperate and tropical climate growing practices and technology, and this once in 2-year event is the perfect opportunity for growers to hear from expert speakers on the latest growing practices, technology and industry issues. Whether you are an experienced grower, just starting out in the industry, or plan to enter the industry, this is an event not to be missed.
For further information contact the conference organiser:
Protected Cropping Australia Conference
Ph +61 (0)2 4567-7960 Fax +61 (0)2 8569-1064