The Integrated Crop Protection (ICP) extension project, delivered by RMCG, AHR and IPM Technologies, aims to promote best management practices for plant health in the Australian vegetable industry, including responsible chemical use. Protecting crops is vital for vegetable producers to improve productivity, profitability and sustainability. However practices, capabilities and attitudes differ throughout the country. The project is continuing to work with growers, advisors and other industry service providers to tailor solutions that suit their circumstances.
Project activities have included, establishing demonstration sites, linking with grower groups, running Master Classes and networking opportunities, conducting training and events, producing publications and videos and initiating online communications and knowledge management.
These activities will be adjusted and refined on an annual basis to ensure the needs of growers and the industry continue to be met. This will enable the Australian vegetable industry to respond to the current and future crop protection challenges and opportunities.