InnoGrape – all wrapped up!
In 2015, the Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA), Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), and AUSCAL Viticulture collaborated to develop and deliver a modern “innovation in table grape production” program to table grape growers across Sunraysia.
The pilot program “InnoGrape” was launched following a chance meeting between ATGA CEO Jeff Scott, and the CEO of funding provider Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR). With a renewed focus on funding agricultural programs aimed at increasing and improving production, grant funding was successfully secured with philanthropic organisation The William Buckland Foundation, and co-ordinated by FRRR. The program was delivered to growers by industry professionals using a multitude of platforms, including technical flyers, social media and YouTubeTM videos via 10 technical modules.
Following strong support from growers with a keen interest in improving their production techniques and extend their learning, the ATGA secured funding to continue the program for an additional two years. A further 17 modules were developed based on areas / topics of importance identified by growers throughout Season One. In total, 23 modules were presented to growers and supply chain professionals across 18 regional workshops held in Euston/Robinvale and Mildura.
Much of the program’s success must be attributed to the knowledge and dedication of the research and industry professionals who delivered the technical content. Local, interstate and international speakers were engaged to deliver each of the 27 modules over the life of the program.
InnoGrape: Innovation in Table Grape Production extension program, is supported by the Australian Table Grape Association, with funding from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal and the William Buckland Foundation.
(NOTE: Funding provisions currently stipulate the program is limited to Victorian growers only. However all published materials will be available nationally for table grape growers via the ATGA Website)