Farmers in the potato growing region of Western Australia are preparing for an event that will change the landscape of their business.
The Australian Potato Growers’ Association (APGA) has set the date for the event to be held on November 5, with an estimated 1.2 million people expected to attend.
The APGA has called on growers to be prepared for a challenging harvest season.
The event will take place in the Perth region of the Murray-Darling Basin.
The event will be held at the WA Botanical Gardens in Perth, which is the second largest in the state after the Botanical Park in Darwin.
“It’s going to be one of the biggest harvest events in Western Australia, so we need to make sure we get it right, make sure there’s good weather, and make sure that we’re prepared for all the challenges that come with a new crop,” APGA WA regional director Scott Wood said.
“The challenge is we have a crop that is going to grow and we have this opportunity in the middle of the season.”
The APGA says the event will see growers competing to grow the world’s biggest potato.
The organisers say it will be a challenge and the winner will be crowned.
“If you win it, you’ll be able to go out and sell your crop,” Wood said, referring to the potato itself.
“So we’re hoping the potato growers can go out there and make it happen and win it for the APGA.”
“Potatoes are the most valuable crop in the world.
There’s no other crop in existence that’s as valuable as a potato.”
Wood said the event is being held to encourage growers to grow bigger potatoes.
“Potatoes can grow to up to 4,000 kilograms, so you need to produce up to 3,000 kgs a year to make it through the season,” he said.
“You’re not going to get much growth if you’re not producing those massive volumes of potatoes.”
The APGAs Potato Festival has been held in WA since 2004, with around 1,000 people attending each year.
In 2017, the APGAS announced it would hold a third edition.
The event is expected to draw upwards of 1.5 million people to Perth.
The WA Botanic Gardens is the state’s largest and is home to one of WA’s largest collections of potato plants.
It is home of the world famous Yellow-Eyed Gourd.
The Potato Festival also features performances by local musicians, an outdoor music festival and a number of food and drink stalls.
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