SOUTH Australian grower Tim Heysen is a self-proclaimed ‘latecomer’ to the potato industry and forms part of a family legacy well known for the production of paintings, not potatoes.
Mr Heysen features on the cover of the new edition of Potatoes Australia released this week.
“Australian horticulture is full of characters with incredibly diverse and unlikely heritages and Tim’s story is a fascinating illustration of this,” said AUSVEG spokesperson, Hugh Gurney.
Tim’s grandfather, Hans Heysen, is recognised as one of Australia’s greatest landscape painters, but while Hans used a paintbrush to shape landscapes, Tim prefers a shovel and a tractor.
“The Heysen property is located in Kalangadoo, 50 kilometres north of Mt Gambier in South Australia and produces potatoes which are made into French fries, as well as seed potatoes which will be used to grow future crops,” said Mr Gurney.
In an interview with Potatoes Australia, Mr Heysen identifies what he believes are the major challenges facing Australian growers.
“The biggest threats to our industry today are imports and trying to remain competitive. There are two major components to staying competitive – one is our cost of growing and the other is the high exchange rate,” said Mr Heysen.
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