The report to the AGM listed the activities undertaken in the market development program by the ABA in conjunction with the industry marketers that have assisted us to achieve an export tonnage increase of 82% to 59,000 tonnes with a value of $473 million for 2013/14. The domestic program achieved a 3% increase, consolidating the 20% increase in 2012/13. The other ABA initiatives progressed during 2013/14 were: • The Almond Centre of Excellence • Biosecurity risks to bees and pollination efficiency • Evaluation of new varieties / rootstocks and access via commercialisation agreements • Tissue culturing of hybrid rootstocks capability • Major new research program to lift productivity • Review of poor 2014 crop to identify causes • Regional discussion group program to add to extension activities • Post harvest insect and mechanical damage to product • Chemical availability and restrictions on use
The 2014/15 year ahead holds new challenges. Not the least of these being the new relationship with Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (HIA Ltd) and how the project endorsement process will work. It is hoped that the gaps in knowledge and technologies to assist with the implementation of the ABA’s industry strategic plan will continue to be forthcoming under the new arrangements. On behalf of the Board and ABA Staff, we would like to wish you all a happy and safe festive season and look forward to working with you in 2015.
• Water supply and other input costs • Market development and access • Food safety issues.
Neale Bennett Chairman
Ross Skinner CEO
Wishing everyone a Very Nutty Christmas
Please note: The Almond Board of Australia office will be closed from: Monday 22nd December and re-opens on Monday 5th January 2015 from the ABA Board members and staff