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The fourth general meeting of the Association

May 23th, 2023

 

The fourth general meeting of the Australian Dragon Fruit Growers Association was held at Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast. 

Dr. Stephen Xu relocated to the Northern Territory in the coming weeks to take on a new position as a professor. He will continue to support our association and our industry. Besides, Michael Macpherson from AR&C Consulting delivered a speech on chemical registration looking to develop a data package to register an insecticide for insect pests and a fungicide for fungal pathogens targeted on dragon fruit. Link of the speech is in 'Resource' under 'Member Area' (Membership only)

The third general meeting of the Association

November 23th, 2022

 

The third general meeting of the Australian Dragon Fruit Growers Association was held at Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast. 

Three new Affiliate Members were introduced and welcomed.  The new President, Treasurer and Secretary of ADFGA were selected during the meeting. ADFGA expressed gratitude to Jim Nie for his contribution to the establishment and support of the association as the former chairman.

Besides, Zen from ProdoZ introduced their specialized products for dragon fruit and Kevin Chen introduced his research plan regarding the nutritional benefits of dragon fruit. The recording of the meeting will be available in the "Resources" under the "Member Area".

Kallee Buchanan from ABC News recently interviewed us on the benefit of joining our association and the current situation of the Australian dragon fruit industry.

 

Grower and association secretary Jim Li and Jasmine said, in the past, growers had struggled to access information and markets, and now the ADFGA was formed to help this.

 

Wholesaler Richard Birtill said demand exploded in the past three years as chain stores stocked the fruit, and dragon fruit is high in antioxidants and considered a superfood.

 

Sunshine Coast grower Bob Martin shared that he did face challenges, it was a relatively easy crop to get started, and having access to an association gave new growers a better chance.

 

CQUniversity associate professor Stephen Xu specializes in horticulture production systems and he said as the climate changes, there could be advantages for farmers to consider the crop.

The annual meeting of the Association

August 26th, 2022

 

The annual meeting of the Australian Dragon Fruit Growers Association was held at Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast. 

Current office bearers will step down from the full-time roles as part-time, and new office bearers will be nominated and elected in the next meeting. Association president Jim Nie and Treasurer Marcus will move to a casual position from now on. The nominees for the respective positions will be elected in the next general meeting.

 

The new membership fee payment was passed, and the Federal biosecurity officer made a presentation on introducing the risk assessment of dragon fruit from the Philippines. Peter Dal Santo, the consultant of AgriFutures introduced the minor permit application and label registration for chemicals.

Recent podcast interview on dragon fruit stories

Queensland dragon fruit grower Jim Li recently talked about the common issues that currently trouble the local growers and how the newly established Australian Dragon Fruit Growers Association (ADFGA) can help our growers.
(Click here to listen)
Recent podcast interview on dragon fruit stories

Dr. Stephen Xu talked about the cheap imports issue faced by the NT growers:               

Dr. Stephen Xu introduced the research on the impact of imported dragon fruit from Vietnamese on local growers and also how the local growers can increase their yields:

(Click icons at the end to listen)
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The second inaugural general meeting of the Association

April 29th, 2022

 

The second inaugural general meeting of the Australian Dragon Fruit Growers Association was held at 276 Barrs Road, Glasshouse Mountains, Sunshine Coast. Growers and service providers from Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg attended the meeting in person. Northern Territory growers and representatives of the Northern Territory Farmers Association attended the meeting online via Zoom. 

The Export Manager Richard Birtill gave a presentation on his experience in the dragon fruit wholesale market. The second general meeting will be held in September 2022.

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