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Welcome to the May edition of The Slice. The Slice is our monthly publication and is published during the off season. It replaces My Mango which is our weekly publication that is disturbed every Monday during the harvest season.

From the team at AMIA

AMIA has a new Chairman


AMIA held its annual general meeting on Tuesday evening at Mutchilba (just west of Mareeba). Gavin Scurr, Ben Martin and Greg McMahon all stood for re-election and members present approved their nominations.

Mareeba mango grower, Matt Fealy has joined the Board, replacing Kieren Brown. Following seven years as an AMIA Director and the past 4 years as Chairman, Gavin did not renominate for the role of Chairman. The Board appointed Greg McMahon as AMIA’s new Chairman and Ben Martin was re-elected as Deputy Chairman.

Greg takes over the role of AMIA Chairman from Gavin Scurr, who has held the position for four years. Greg is co-owner of family business, Seven Fields, a mango and citrus producer in the Northern Territory and Sunraysia, Victoria. He has been involved in horticultural production for a large portion of his career and brings to the role extensive experience in production and marketing. He was appointed to AMIA as a Director in 2015, representing the interests of growers in Southern Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.

In accepting his new position Greg thanked Gavin for his commitment and dedication to the industry, not only in his work as Chairman but also as an AMIA Director for the past seven years. Gavin will remain on the Board for another 3 years as Director, representing the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia.

Greg said that AMIA would remain committed to building grower profitability through its focus on quality, increasing market demand (both domestically and internationally), and ensuring excellent communication throughout all sectors within the supply chain.

Click here to view the full Media Release on our website.

RD4P project funding success—more profit from nitrogen

On Wednesday 11th May, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced the funding for a multi-industry research project to optimise the use of nitrogen. The project includes cotton, dairy, sugar, mangoes and cherries. NTDPIF will lead the mango research.

NTDPIF will collaborate with the Queensland University of Technology to undertake a four year research project to work in three focus areas for improving the productivity and profitability associated with nitrogen use. The areas include:

  1. Optimising nitrogen use efficiency in irrigated systems;
  2. Quantifying the rate and timing of nitrogen supply through mineralisation; and
  3. Extracting value from enhanced efficiency fertilisers, through both optimising existing products and developing new ones.

NTDPIF staff are already in the field commencing work on this project.

Felix Instruments at PMA

Brisbane-based scientific and industrial instrumentation company Pacific Data Systems will demonstrate tools by Felix Instruments – Applied Food Science at PMA Fresh Connections occurring this week, from 17tth May. The F-750 Produce Quality Meter—a near infrared spectrometer used to measure various quality metrics—will be featured among the instruments on display at the Pacific Data Systems booth at PMA AU.

A staple for the Australian Mango Industry, the F-750 provides farmers and distributors with instantaneous measurements of Total Soluble Solids (TSS or brix), and Dry Matter—an indicator of maturity used to guide decision making throughout the harvest process.

2016 PMA AU conference visitors can find the entire Felix Instruments product line at the Pacific Data Systems booth—number 36. For more information about Felix Instruments, please visit

DoAWR Industry Advisory Notice 2016-22 - Horticulture Exports Program

The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has released an industry advisory notice for growers and exporters considering exporting to the following markets: USA, China, Japan and Korea.

To view the Industry Advisory Notice, please click here.

There are three periods for growers to apply for orchard approval, and audit times, to fit with growers with different production periods.

For further information, please contact AMIA or DoAWR.

Crop Monitor training for phytosanitary markets

AMIA has been working with Tocal College and the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to develop an online crop monitor training system. This is in line with online training currently available in the citrus and table grape industries.

Annual crop monitor training is a requirement for crop monitors/growers monitoring crops destined for the United States of America, China and Korean markets. The Department is planning to have a pilot on-line system ready by Friday 20th May and, once ‘road tested’, will be ready for use soon after that.

If you would like to participate in reviewing the pilot, please contact Trevor Dunmall at AMIA. Satisfactory completion of the online system will allow you to be an approved crop monitor for this season.

Contact AMIA

Robert Gray
Chief Executive Officer
0418 737 861

Trevor Dunmall
Industry Development
0400 808 689

Treena Welch
Marketing Manager
0417 001 253

Elisa King
Mango Marketing Manager
02 8295 2332

Office Address:
Office 2, The Fresh Centre Ground Floor
385 Sherwood Road, Rocklea QLD

Postal Address:
PO Box 376, Brisbane Market QLD 4106

Office Contact
Phone: 07 3278 3755
Fax: 07 3278 4761
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