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Manly Vale woman, 92, grows 2kg tomato

February 15, 2017
Ida Guadagnin of Manly Vale with her 2kg tomato.

The Manly Daily reports a 92 years old gardening granny, Ida Guadagnin, of Manly Vale, has grown a tomato that weighs a staggering 2kg. A lifelong gardener, Mrs Guadagnin defied the odds — which included a scorching summer and intrusive animals — to grow the massive tomato.

The Guinness World Record for the heaviest tomato is held by Dan Sutherland of Walla Walla, Washington in the United States for a 3.906kg monster in August last year.

Wholesalers welcome Government’s Code response

February 13, 2017

The fresh produce wholesaling sector’s representative organisation, Fresh Markets Australia (FMA), has welcomed the Federal Government’s long anticipated response to the review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct.

FMA Chairman, Shane Schnitzler, has congratulated the Government for its efforts in seeking to achieve a balanced, commercial outcome in its review, which removes the unnecessary and unworkable requirements of the existing Code. Read More »

AUSVEG welcomes proposed reforms to Hort Code

February 13, 2017

The leading national body representing Australian vegetable growers, AUSVEG, has welcomed future reforms to the Horticulture Code of Conduct, which were announced today in the Australian Government’s response to an independent review of the code conducted in 2015.

The government response proposes a range of reforms which are intended to increase the transparency and accountability in transactions between growers and wholesalers, including amendments that would require traders to generate and keep records on their transactions, along with records of all growers and buyers with whom they deal. Read More »

Australian Government response to review of Horticulture Code of Conduct.

February 13, 2017

The Australian Government has today announced its response to the independent review of the Horticulture Code of Conduct, which will see a range of improvements put in place to address key concerns and ensure the ongoing sustainability and productivity of Australian horticulture. Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Anne Ruston, said it was important that the Code supported constructive and fair business between horticulture growers and traders. Read More »

Suspect tomato potato psyllid detection in WA

February 10, 2017
Tomato potato psyllid

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia (DAFWA) is undertaking surveillance in commercial crops and backyard gardens in the Perth area, following the suspect detection of tomato potato psyllid (Bactericera cockerelli). The tomato potato psyllid can significantly impact production, attacking a range of plants in the Solanaceae family including potato, tomato, eggplant, capsicum and chilli. Read More »

Country of origin reforms welcomed by AUSVEG and CHOICE

February 9, 2017

The latest reforms to Australia’s country of origin labelling system have been welcomed by AUSVEG, the national body representing Australia’s vegetable and potato growers. They say the changes will help consumers have confidence about the true source of their food.

The new reforms, which were first attempted last year but which were interrupted by the Federal election, alter the definition of “substantial transformation” as it applies to country of origin labelling and make it clear that minor processes do not count as substantial transformation. Read More »

Greenhouse Technical Management Course – Pune, India

February 7, 2017
Greenhouse Technical Management Course

A  Greenhouse Technical Management Course will be held at the Tarawade Clarkson Hotel, J.M Road, Pune, India, from 27 February to 3 March 2017. The course is specifically designed to develop technical and management skills of owners, staff and managers of greenhouse and hydroponic growing systems to meet the challenges of producing high quality and high value food for India. Read More »