Andrew Dezsery, Integrated Farming Researcher said " With the alarming predictions for our future food security and the accepted diminishing availability of suitable natural resources in Australia, it would seem that the integrated farming approach stands well on its own merits requiring integration into the Australian primary production sector to facilitate its wider adoption. If this is achieved, there is a high likelihood that integrated farming will with other emerging industries, propel Australia into a new and exciting era of increasingly efficient and diverse food production offering quality functional foods and bio-security.
Andrew is a multiple category finalist in this years AUSVEG National Awards for Excellence to be held at Conrad Jupiters Hotel-Casino, Gold Coast, Australia, 27 - 30 May 2010.
AUSVEG is the national peak industry body representing the interests of around 9,000 vegetable and potato growers around Australia.
"Agricultural deterioration is occurring within almost every developing country and as such" Andrew concluded, "it is highly recommended that the Australian Government diversify its ability to be increasingly pro-active in assisting to develop sound strategies to offset the inevitable loss of some conventional agriculture with more efficient and integrated production systems."
The Australian Horticultural Corporation Future Focus report predicts imported vegetables will rise by 463,000 tonnes up to 680,780 tonnes in Australia by 2020. Food imports alone from 2002-2007 were already at AU$7.2billion.
Through the ISS Institute, Andrew received a Fellowship sponsored by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR), and was able to visit both technical and research farms abroad in the United States of America and Canada to gather information and assess the productivity of integrated farming systems currently in operation in these countries.
A copy of the official report titled "COMMERCIAL INTEGRATED FARMING OF AQUACULTURE AND HORTICULTURE"
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