August 16, 2013
Garlic growers are encouraged to attend the Australian Garlic Industry Association’s (AGIA) annual seminar on September 7 and 8 in Orange.
AGIA Chair, Leon Trembath said the two-day conference brings together key industry experts to discuss issues impacting the Australian garlic industry and growth opportunities for Australian growers.
“Australian growers are determined to grow our market share for home grown garlic, a market currently dominated by Chinese growers,” Mr Trembath said.
“The seminar includes a visit to Ken and Libby Morgan’s garlic farm, on the high slopes of Mount Canobolas just out of Orange.”
Department of Primary Industries, Development Officer Vegetables, Tony Napier, will discuss weed management options and biosecurity issues of garlic growing.
“There has been a real resurgence of interest in Australian garlic in the last two years, particularly for the fresh market,” Mr Napier said.
“The annual seminar is AGIA premier event where members and interested growers can meet to discuss topical issues impacting the Australian garlic industry.”
-Tony Napier from DPI discussing current research on virus issues, biosecurity, weeds and pests
– Representatives from the Biological Farmers Association discussing trends in organic farming, marketing and soil fertility
– Penny Woodward, Botanist/Author of Garlic & Friends on the history of garlic
– Gilles Bonin, is a medium size garlic grower with over 20 years growing and selling experience in Australia
Broch, a machinery manufacturing company from Spain, are sponsoring this year’s conference and will be introducing its range of garlic planting, harvesting and grading equipment.
Registration for members is $100/person (accompanying people $50/person) and non members $120/person. Registration information is available on the AGIA website. The event will be held at the Orange Ex-services club.