Protective Cropping Australia is hosting their 12th biennial conference in Melbourne from the 28th to the 31st of July this year (2013) with a focus on sustainable growth and integrated systems. Some of the speakers will be Dr. Nick Savidov and myself presenting on options for integrating aquaculture systems with possibly Dr. Wilson Lennard. The guys from UESA will also be presenting their Blue Smart Farm to attendees. Among other speakers, workshops and farm/market tours.
The following list is an outline of the key points in my presentation:
- Current status of aquaculture in Australia
Current fish species pricing in today’s markets and aquaculture market growth next to hydroponics and horticulture in Australia and growth potential
- Capital cost break down for facilities in Australia
Major infrastructure considerations for a 100 tonne recirculating aquaculture farm scenario.
- Production returns and cash flow projections on farm scenario
Break down of cost of production and projected returns in the current market through commissioning period and 1st year production
- Nutrient make up of waste water from farm scenario
Nitrogen and phosphorous nutrient discharge through production in the farm scenario for the first 2 years and capacity for plant production
- Capacity for plant production from integrated farm scenario perspective
Nutrient integration from biological system utilisation options for inclusion in inorganic hydroponic system.
- Potential for industry collaboration and integration
Opportunity for combined industry support through synergies of aquaculture and horticulture production farming
Speakers, stall holders and sponsors all come for an intense few days where we all share what we know, network and learn. The aim for everyone is to grow a better plant, a better business, and to increase awareness of the need for sustainable horticultural production.
Indeed technical people come from all other parts of the world to take part in the PCA conference. They too want to network and learn about developments in hydroponics and protected cropping. And they will share their ideas with us.
And it is all happening in a 4 Star conference centre, with accommodation just upstairs at the Sebel and Citigate in Albert Park, Melbourne.
Many come for the full 3.5 days, others just for one day. On Monday and Tuesday there will be concurrent lectures and workshops, with the popular ones repeated. Expect high profile guest speakers with big statements about how to sustainably grow for an ever increasing global population.
Tuesday will start with a dawn Flower Markets Tour. Then there will be four crop streams on the program – flowers, fruit & veg, leafy greens and aquaponics. Delegates can select their preferred talks whether generic, specific, hi-tech or low-tech approach to greenhouse and hydroponic growing.\
On Wednesday there will be 2 distinct farm tours to choose from; flowers or fruit & vegetables, which will visit 3 or 4 of Melbourne’s leading growers. Participants can return to
either the Sebel venue or the airport. These tours are only open to conference delegates.
For more PCA conference information
Rick Donnan & Rosemary Viggers
Ph 02 4567 7685