Nuffield Australia 2012 scholarship winner
Dave Reilly, from Loxton in South Australia, received a 2012 Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by Woolworths. Dave studied management of date palm plantations for premium date fruit production.
With his family, Dave owns and operates a mixed horticulture enterprise in the Riverland district of South Australia. While they do grow wine grapes and pomegranates, their primary focus is on the production of premium table dates.
The focus of his study was to increase his learning and expertise in the management of date palm plantations for premium date fruit production and to explore the markets for high value table dates. He says “while the international date industry is very large, producing some 7 million metric tonnes in 40 participating countries, Australia only produces around 20 tonne per annum.”
In particular, Dave looked at date palm plantation management methods including low labour systems and mechanisation, in both organic and conventional systems. His study itinerary included meetings with date producers in the USA and the Arab Gulf countries, a visit to Europe to study consumer buying habits, as well as investigating inter‐row cropping in north Africa.
Location: Loxton, SA 5333
Tel: (08) 8583 8314
Blog: Dave’s Nuffield Tour
Scholarship report: Date Palms for Australia – further developing the industry
Returning Scholar presentation: click to view
Returning Scholar profile: click to view
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