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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 »

City living under the microscope

February 2, 2017

A new CSIRO research initiative launched today will lead the way for the transformation of liveable urban spaces and sustainable cities of the future. In partnership with property developers Celestino, CSIRO has established its first operational Urban Living Lab at the Sydney Science Park in western Sydney – a place where researchers, industry, government and communities can get together and create, design and test innovative urban development concepts, moving beyond the lab into the real world. Read More »

Australia supporting food safety in Bangladesh

February 1, 2017
Hon. Luke Hartsuyker MP

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, today met with the Bangladesh Minister of Food, Md Qamrul Islam, to provide a valuable insight into Australia’s world-class process for food standard setting. Minister Hartsuyker said Bangladesh is currently establishing its national food safety system and is seeking to learn from the cutting edge science and risk assessment processes that underpin our national food standards. Read More »