The forerunner of the Australian Hydroponic & Greenhouse Association (AHGA), the Australian Hydroponic Association (AHA), was formed in August 1990 following two successful South Pacific Hydroponic Conferences held at Surfers Paradise, Queensland. Since then, the biennial industry conferences and trade exhibitions have been held in:
the PCA is recognised as the industry’s peak national body representing its grower members to government, technical agencies and other industry groups.
In addition to producing a newsletter, Soilless Australia, to distribute information on current industry issues and events, the AHGA has helped fund important research and development projects including:
- Slow sand filtration studies for disinfesting recycled nutrient solution.
- The development of management practices for Western Flower Thrips.
- A national industry survey.
- An Environmental Impact Study of bumblebees on Tasmania’s flora and fauna.
- A Climax Study of bumblebees on mainland Australia to predict likely impacts.
- Applications to APVMA for usage of specialist treatment products in greenhouses.
- Submission for the live import of bumblebees onto mainland Australia to the Australian government.
Other PCA initiatives include support of accurate branding of hydroponic produce, and organising grower workshops facilitated by national and international industry experts.
Our Key Objectives
To represent the Protected Cropping Industry nationally in an advocacy role to government, technical agencies and other industry groups.
Encourage and Support
To encourage and support local grower groups and be a focus for national interaction.
To collect, produce and distribute information to members through conferences, seminars, newsletters and workshops.
To promote the inherent efficiency and sustainability of our growing systems and the subsequent product advantages.
Research and Development
To encourage and support relevant research and development activities alligned with the Australian hydroponic and greenhouse industry.
To facilitate APVMA (Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority) applications for usage of specialist treatment products in greenhouses
To undertake any activities which may foster the development of a rational, co-ordinated and sustained cropping industries in Australia.