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Incentives and rebates for backyard aquaponics

May 15, 2014

In the aftermath of the Federal Budget, Narromine News columnist John Ryan gives politicians his thoughts on an efficient bus transport system, and incentives or rebates for families and pensioners to set up backyard aquaponics systems.

“For less than $1000 you can build a system which supplies fresh fish and veges… If Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants proof of how good this could be for struggling Australian working families, set one up at Kirribilli House.”

Onya John!

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Posted 15 May 2014


AUSVEG Budget Summary

May 14, 2014

AUSVEG has released a summary of the saving and spending measures relevant to the Australian agriculture industry following the Federal Government’s 2014-15 Budget. The summary concludes that overall, the Budget is unlikely to impose a heavy burden on agriculture; however, pressing long-term issues faced by the industry remain unaddressed, including increased input costs and market access.

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Hydroponic fodder helping to feed family’s dairy cows

May 14, 2014

Tom and Jane Lensmire have taken “going green” to a whole new level. The Lensmires have transformed an old machine shed on their rural Cleveland farm into a hydroponic garden of good eating for their mixed herd of Holsteins, Jerseys, Jersey/Holstein crossbreeds and Swiss dairy cows. The Lensmires became interested in growing fodder for their herd hydroponically a few years back. They did some research and some experimenting, growing hydroponically in their basement. After they determined that hydroponics could be a viable alternative for their farm, they investigated companies that sold hydroponic systems. In 2012 they gutted an old machine shed on their property and installed a hydroponic system.

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Farmers and communities called on to boost recycling

May 12, 2014

Rural recycling program drumMUSTER is calling on farmers and communities across NSW to collect and recycle empty chemical drums to prevent them ending up in landfill. It comes as the program kicks off its annual campaign in the state, encouraging farmers and chemical users to return their empty agvet chemical containers. Read More »

Horticulture review: make better use of levy and taxpayer funds

May 9, 2014

The Australian Government today welcomed the findings of an independent report into the performance of Horticulture Australia Limited, a research, development and marketing body owned by horticulture peak bodies. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said the report makes a strong and persuasive case for grower levy-payers to be the owners of the organisation and to have a direct say in how investments are made in the future. Read More »

Independent review released to HAL members and Government

May 9, 2014

Key recommendations from a comprehensive, independent review into Horticulture Australia Ltd (HAL) and the horticulture levy system have been referred by the HAL Board to industry and government for consideration. Read More »

Maylasia to expand hydroponic greenhouse industry

May 4, 2014

The New Straits Times (Malaysia) reports the state government is allocating RM1 million for agricultural cooperatives, area farmers’ organisations (PPK) and farmers to adopt  hydroponics and fertigation technologies. It compared these modern techniques to countries like China where production has increased over traditional methods, using less space.

Johor Agricultural and Agro-based Industry executive committee chairman Ismail Mohamed said, initially, the state government would introduce these methods to the members of agricultural cooperatives and PPK.

He said research showed that they were suitable for suburban and rural areas where land was limited.

He added that they involved the use of greenhouses and resulted in higher yield and better quality produce, thus improving farmers’ incomes.

“We have found that these methods are suitable for our country, even when there is a draught or during rainy season because the plants are more resilient and can produce continuously.

“These methods are different from traditional methods.

“Hydroponics uses water mixed with fertilisers while the fertigation techniques uses a combination of fertiliser and coconut husks. This will save on the use of land and produce higher yields,” said Ismail.

He said the allocation would be distributed through the Idle Land Development Scheme.

He said these methods were suitable for crops such as leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, long beans, eggplants, tomatoes, pumpkins, chillies, lady fingers and potatoes and would require an area of less than one hectare.

“Courses and guidance on these methods will be given to the farmers to ensure that they understand the best way to implement them.

“I have asked each of the 13 districts in the state to choose one produce that is suitable for each district so that we can maximise production and prevent the overproduction of one produce.”

Read more: Getting farmers to modernise – Johor – New Straits Times

Posted 4 May 2014