The Australian Pecan Growers Association Incorporated (APGA) is a not-for-profit incorporated association of approximately 50 members.
Whilst the majority of members are growers, membership also includes nut processors and buyers and sellers of nuts. APGA was founded in 1996 by a group of growers with assistance from the then NSW Department of Agriculture Pecan Extension Officer Ross Loebel. It is estimated that over 75% of Australian growers are members of APGA and that they produce 95% of the Australian annual production. APGA provides services to members, including this website, regular newsletters, field days, information seminars, and other opportunities to exchange information with members.
The main aspects addressed in our newsletters and field days have included:
- Nursery and orchard practices, such as pruning, variety selection, orchard floor management, irrigation, nutrient requirements etc.
- Processing requirements and options
- Marketing information
- Biological and organic farming
- Medical research data into health benefits
- Australian and international markets for nuts
APGA Rules of Association
The APGA is governed by the objectives described below and the “Model Rules for Incorporated Associations” issued by the NSW Office of Fair Trading under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act, 1984.
A committee elected by members at our Annual General Meetings, manage the Association. All of the committee’s work is provided on a voluntary basis and there is currently no paid support staff. The committee comprises:
- Vice President
- Committee Members
- Subcommittees (as required)
The Association was established with the following objectives:
- To foster the development, expansion and promotion of all aspects of the Australian pecan nut industry
- To accumulate, record and distribute information about the industry helpful in:
- Selection of suitable growing areas
- Choice of varieties
- Establishment of nurseries
- Orchard management
- Harvesting and quality control
- To organise field days of relevance to the industry
- To foster and promote the goodwill among the association, members and the general public
- To collate industry statistics to facilitate lobbying for research and other industry assistance