[ 27/04/2011 ]
More than 40 delegates from all parts of Asia will be attending an international workshop on the diagnosis and control of mango post-harvest diseases at the Department of Resources’ Berrimah Research Farm from May 2-4.
The department’s Primary Industries Group is organising and hosting the event funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research which has funded research on mangoes almost continuously since its establishment in 1983. The centre supports mango projects in the Philippines, Indonesia and Pakistan, and has been involved with mango work in Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka plus fruit fly/mango projects in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific island nations.
The Agriculture Sector Linkages Program mango disease workshop gives them an opportunity to share training in mango disease identification and management with project personnel as well as colleagues from other countries in the region. The workshop will utilise training skills from Australia, Thailand and Sri Lanka to deliver cross-project training to researchers from the Philippines, Pakistan and Indonesia.
It will allow participants to gain an insight into the nature of the mango industry, crop management techniques and the major diseases and options for their control. The outcomes from these discussions will be of direct benefit to NT mango growers. Presenters include experts from the Department of Resources’ Primary Industries Group as well as international visitors from Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Timor Leste.
The two delegates from Timor Leste are involved in an AusAID funded capacity building project. Delegates from Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and other countries attending the earlier plant pathology conference in Darwin also have the opportunity to join workshop participants in farm visits on April 30-May 1.
They will see an array of tropical horticulture enterprises in the Darwin rural area; including mangoes, rambutans, Asian vegetables and cut-flowers.
Media opportunities can be made available during the conference.