Irrigation technology, the impact of chemical residues, South Africa’s dried grape industry, sustainable farming, water, and local projects will be explored at Dried Fruits Australia’s 2022 Grower Forum.

Sponsored by Hort Innovation, the event will be held on Thursday 28 April from 1pm at Willow & Ivie in Nichols Point.

DFA chair Mark King said the forum would be an opportunity for growers, processors and other industry stakeholders to connect at the end of harvest and hear the latest information from experts from both within and outside the industry.

“This year’s keynote speaker is Kevin Bodnaruk, who has more than 35 years’ experience in the areas of pesticide development, use and regulation,” Mark said.

“Kevin is an expert on MRLs (maximum residue limits) and will discuss the impact of chemical residues in markets, particularly Europe, which is one of our top export markets.

“Given the changing nature of market regulations, there is a need for more awareness by growers and all stakeholders along the supply chain.”

Mark said attendees would also be lucky to hear from the general manager of Raisins South Africa, Ferdie Botha.

“While our other speakers will be in the room with us, Ferdie will be presenting remotely from South Africa and sharing his knowledge from an industry outside of Australia.”

Forum attendees will have a chance to ask questions after all the presentations and talk to guest speakers and each other over drinks and nibbles at the end of the forum.

To register for the event, please contact DFA on 03 5023 5174 or at