Quality Assurance of the Australian Truffle Industry Report as inadecuate

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Australian truffle growing in Australia is small and at the early stages of development. The industry producedapproximately 1,500 kilograms in 2009 with a wholesale price of between $1500 and $2,000 / kilogram. A highproportion of growers operate on a small scale. As well as increasing area being planted, truffle production isincreasing approximately 40 percent each year from existing planted areas to meet the growth in local andoverseas demand. Commensurate with this growth is the pressure for the industry to develop its supply chainrelationships and associated quality assurance (QA). This paper explores the QA assurance approaches suited tothe truffle industry and reports industry stakeholder responses toward the implementation of such QA schemes.110 industry members of the Australian Truffle Growers Association were invited to participate in the survey with29 responding (26 percent). 20 of these agreed that the overall benefits to their business obtained fromintroducing a QA scheme would outweigh its costs. It was also generally perceived that QA would ensurecontinuous improvement and advance the professionalism of the industry. The study involved the design of auser-friendly online questionnaire made accessible to the member group only.

Subject(s): Crop Production/Industries

Issue Date: 2010-09

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/234283

Total Pages: 22

Series Statement: Paper


Record appears in: Australasian Agribusiness Perspectives > Papers

Author: Carter, Nathan ; McSweeney, Peter

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/234283?ln=en


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