AusVeg Convention set to be the biggest and brightest yet

A Dutch vegetable grower who produces greens that taste like oysters and cheese will be among the guest speakers inspiring growers at this year’s AusVeg National Convention.

The convention is the largest event in Australian horticulture, with about a thousand delegates from across Australia and overseas expected to attend this year.

Dutch cultivator Rob Baan will join a panel of speakers at an industry-first produce innovation seminar, giving insight into his sustainable and innovative enterprise, Koppert Cress.

AusVeg’s Deputy C-E-O William Churchill said there will be a strong focus on innovation as well as marketing and Asian exports.

“It’s an opportunity for them (growers) to see new innovtions from around the world and how to really get the most out of what consumers want and how to give them new, innovative ideas that they can then sell to the market,” he said.

Mr Churchill says there will also be a strong focus on research and development.

“It’s an opportunity for growers from around the country to come together, set priorities for research over the following year and then we see new grower-driven, grower-led projects be funded through our industry,” he said.

“It’s an important opportunity for growers to discuss the major issues and how they can try and get the best value out of this industry.”

The conference will run from June 19 to 21 at the Cairns Convention Centre.

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