Australian Almond Growers` Association (AAGA)
Initially established in 1985 as the Australian Almond Growers` Association (AAGA), the association was restructured and renamed in 2002 as the Almond Board of Australia (ABA), reflecting a broadened charter and membership base. As the Australian almond industry’s peak industry body, the ABA facilitates further growth of the industry, seeks to maximise its profitability and ensure its sustainability, by providing a platform for industry members to collectively respond to industry wide issues, invest in research and marketing, share knowledge, and interact with government and other stakeholders.
Current ABA membership represents more than 95% of Australia’s almond production base.
ABA membership is voluntary, with 241 members in 2012/13 comprising 90 grower members, 3 marketer members and 148 associate members.
FundingABA activities are funded through a combination of sources:
- Membership fees
- Sales of almond budwood and publications
- Voluntary contributions from Industry
- Industry levies and contributions matched by the Federal Government via Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL).
- Additional grant funding sources
Aims & Objectives
- To represent and promote the interests of Australian almond growers, processors and marketers in matters of general interest that may affect the well being and viability of the Industry.
- To co-ordinate the efforts of the Industry in order to give unity of purpose and strength to foster the development of the Industry.
- To provide a channel for communication and dissemination of information between members of the Industry and other sectors of the horticultural industry.
- To facilitate the development of a national industry development plan including the definition of national R&D priorities and generic marketing funding and priorities.