Why the Support is Provided?
To maintain or enhance the productive capacity and sustainability of the horticultural industry in the dry tropics and provide a vehicle for information exchange regarding the Dry Tropics.
What Support is Provided?
Dry tropics horticultural advisory service
Advisory and support services are available to horticultural producers on all facets of production and post harvest treatment including market access, marketing trends and economic analysis. This includes major vegetable and fruit crops (tomato, capsicum, bean, sweet corn, eggplant, cucurbits and mango).
Advice and assistance is supported by industry seminars, industry publications, articles and newsletters produced by the Station.
Fruit and vegetable production and post harvest research for the dry tropics
Research that has a clear fruit and vegetable industry focus can be requested on a contractual basis. Services can include total project management, provision of facilities and crops, or can be a joint operation.
Research can fall into the following areas:
application of new technologies in agronomics and harvest;
production of new crops;
investigation of post-harvest technologies;
investigation of production issues.
Fruit and vegetable industry product trials
The Station will undertake product trials and provide an independent assessment report on behalf of businesses on any product with applications in the fruit and vegetable industry. Expertise, project management, facilities, crops and equipment can be provided for the trials.
Fruit and vegetable production in the dry tropics - consultancy
The Station's staff are available to undertake consultancies using world renowned expertise and knowledge on any aspect of the production and handling of fruit and vegetable in modern systems, economic analysis and all facets of industry development in the dry tropics.
Dry tropics fruit and vegetable presentations
The Station's staff are available to attend and present at workshops, seminars, field days and promotions which have a clear horticultural focus. Presentation can be on any aspect of modern practices and technologies in dry tropics horticultural industries including:
post-harvest treatment / market access
strategic planning for the future
Visitor hosting - fruit and vegetable production within the dry tropics
The Station's staff are available to arrange and conduct tours of the Station's facilities and surrounding district's horticultural industries on behalf of agricultural related businesses.
Conference room facilities
The Station has conference rooms available for hire.