Tasmanian vegetables could feed global market

AUSVEG CEO Richard Mulcahy has declared that Tasmania was “perhaps the most attractive state in Australia to be growing produce”, in an address to delegates at the Tasmanian Agricultural Productivity Group (TAPG) Mid-Winter Forum in Devonport.

The Forum is held jointly by the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (AIAST) Tasmania and TAPG at the Devonport Entertainment and Convention Centre.

“By promoting Australian produce on the world stage, we are preparing for not just the success of our industry, but for the future food supply of mankind,” said Mr Mulcahy.

AUSVEG is the leading voice in horticulture representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

The AUSVEG CEO asserted that Tasmanian-produced vegetables had a natural advantage when it came to adapting to the global market, and that the international proliferation of Tasmanian vegetables was a viable and profitable opportunity for the future of the state.

“The globe’s population is set to increase by approximately two billion people by 2050 and Australia is in the perfect position to supply these increasing markets when and where they spring up.

“Tasmania has the land, expertise and logistical know-how to advance our industry, provided we continue to develop as a productive and open sector,” said Mr Mulcahy.

Tasmania is one of Australia’s most fertile states, with the majority of primary production occurring in the island’s north-west.

The state is also one of the nation’s last remaining food processing regions, with the location of Simplot’s vegetable and potato processing plants in Devonport and Ulverstone, respectively.

“For the future of our sector, Tasmanian vegetables should heavily capitalise upon their recognised reputation when looking overseas and adapting to the global market.

“The natural advantage that Tasmania has should only act to reaffirm our pledge to the relevant government bodies and their support for the vegetable sector,” said Mr Mulcahy.

The TAPG Mid-Winter Forum has so far seen a variety of informative and stimulating presentations, discussions and field trips aimed at everybody involved in the Tasmanian agricultural sector.

Other speakers from the horticulture industry included Dr Hazel MacTavish-West, Director of consultancy MacTavish-West, and Mr Doug Blackaby, Director Narcotic Raw Material Business, Tasmanian Alkaloids.

24 August 2013