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Improving access to safe and effective agvet chemicals

February 23, 2017

Grants worth close to $2.5 million have been announced by the Australian Coalition Government to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. The 51 grants will address many priority uses, including for citrus fruit, game birds, dairy cattle, tropical and sub-tropical fruits. The grants are part of the Government’s four-year $8 million investment to improve access to safe and effective agvet chemicals. Read More »

It’s CoOL to get on board early

February 15, 2017
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker

Canberra’s Pialligo Estate is among the first crop of businesses rolling out new Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) on their food products, getting in early to give consumers a clear view of where their food comes from.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, Luke Hartsuyker, who was joined today by Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja at Pialligo Estate, said he wanted more businesses to follow their lead, with 16 months left before the new labels are mandatory. Read More »

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 »