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New Victorian greenhouse precinct expected to create 4000 jobs

February 12, 2015

Dutch company JAC Land wants to build a 205ha greenhouse precinct on Mount Mary Rd, between Eynesbury and Quandong, Victoria. Project manager Chris Quinn said the project had been in the pipeline since 2010, with up to 13 greenhouses from individual investors, proposed to grow leafy greens, tomatoes, capsicums and more. Source: Leader Community Newspaper.

Powerplants partners Kaiteki Fresh to create new Hydro jobs in Victoria

February 11, 2015

A state-of-the art hydroponics facility, growing leafy vegetables such a spinach and rocket, will be built at Bunyip, creating 40 new local jobs. Victorian Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development Peter Ryan recently announced horticultural company Kaiteki Fresh Australia would establish a multi-million dollar hydroponics facility, the first of its kind outside of Asia.

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Asian vegetables making a home in Australian diets

February 9, 2015

Australia is famous for accepting food from all cultures with open arms – and it seems Asian vegetables are no exception. Data from the latest Nielsen consumer research report, prepared for the Australian vegetable industry, shows that Asian vegetables are carving out a spot in the Australian diet, with an 8% increase in both sales by volume and the overall value of sales, compared to a year ago. Read More »

How nutritionally sufficient is Australia’s food production system?

February 3, 2015
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The Australian food system is complex and dynamic and change can have important ramifications for regional development, employment, trade, food security and public health nutrition. A recently completed study conducted by CSIRO and funded by RIRDC assessed the Australian food production system in its potential to meet future domestic nutritional requirements. Read More »

What can I do to reduce acid addition?

February 1, 2015
Rick Donnan

I have a hobby hydroponic system using cocopeat in bags, fed by drippers. I have found that the pH of the solution running from the bags is much higher than what I am feeding. I have to add ‘pH down’ to bring my feed down to 5.0 pH in order to keep the run-off pH under 6.3. This is using a lot of pH down. I guess that the pH down I use is an acid, but I don’t know what kind. Is the amount of acid I am using doing any damage to my plants, and is there anything I can do to reduce the amount of expensive pH down I use? Answer by RICK DONNAN Read More »

Colonising Space

February 1, 2015
Steven Carruthers

Our feature story, Space Farming, highlights that mankind is creeping closer to colonising the Moon, Mars and beyond. Showing the way is an experiment on the International Space Station, which uses a very simple chamber similar to a mini greenhouse to grow edible plants for space station inhabitants. Since 2002, the chamber has been used to perform almost continuous plant growth experiments, and has produced some surprising results that will benefit Earth-based greenhouses and controlled-environment agricultural systems. The ultimate goal for researchers is to develop sustainable food production systems for deep space exploration and space colonisation, perhaps in our lifetime. Read More »

Protected Cropping in the Tropics

February 1, 2015
Capsicums were transplanted under a simple poly tunnel in Giru, Queensland, in April 2014. Plants were trellised vertically following a simple system that involves minimum pruning.

Historically, growers in tropical Australia have been slow to embrace protected cropping techniques, mainly because temperatures and light levels are suitable for open field fruit and vegetable production. Many growers associate protected cropping to costly high-tech glasshouses with full environmental control, but that is not necessarily the case. In this article, Queensland researchers demonstrate a new way of thinking about protected cropping in the tropics. By STEVEN CARRUTHERS Read More »