IPPS conference to help growers tackle tough market conditions

This year's International Plant Propagators Society conference will aim to help growers of nursery stock and other ornamental crops improve profitability and resilience in difficult market conditions.

The conference will focus on ways growers can increase productivity and cut waste in response to the impact of the poor weather this year.

IPPS vice president and conference organiser David Talbot of ADAS said: "The weather this season has had a huge impact on trade and nursery incomes, which makes it more important than ever for growers to share ideas on ways to improve productivity and cut waste."

"We believe the conference will challenge growers to think ‘outside the box’ when it comes to ways of improving profitability. For example, transport costs have shot up but do growers incorporate those costs realistically into their prices?"

IPPS members have been working with ADAS on behalf of HDC on the new hardy nursery stock propagation handbook which will be launched at the conference.

The conference will be held at East Malling Research in Kent on October 25-28 and will include visits to Palmstead and Wyevale East nurseries, the National Fruit Collection at Brogdale, and a tour of research facilities at East Malling.

More information can be found at www.ipps.org.uk.


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