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2012 AUSVEG National Convention

March 1, 2012

The 2012 AUSVEG National Convention, Trade Show and National Awards for Excellence, will be held at the Wrest Point Hotel Casino, Hobart, from Thursday 10 May to Saturday 12 May.

The 2012 National Convention will build on the success of previous years and it is expected that approximately 1,000 delegates and exhibitors, both domestic and international will attend what has become an important event in the horticulture calendar. Read More »

Kazakhstan Greenhouse Conference and Exhibition

March 1, 2012

The Kazakhstan Greenhouse Association will host the 4th International Exhibition on ‘Greenhouses, Vegetable Store and Irrigation’ and ‘Flowers, Landscape and Homestead’ from 12-14 April 2012. The conference and exhibition will be held at the Kazakhstan International Exhibition Center ‘, Section No.10, Timiryazev st.42, Almaty, Kazakhstan. The exhibition is officially supported by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Read More »

Coles slash fruit and veg prices

March 1, 2012

Australian Coles supermarkets have announced that prices on some vegetable product lines will be slashed by up to 50%. AUSVEG, the peak industry body representing Australia’s vegetable and potato industry, say the price cuts are “concerning”. While some vegetable growers stand to benefit from the significant discounting by Coles, AUSVEG is asking the question of where these savings are coming from, and what effect this scheme will have on the greater viability of the industry. Read More »

New multi-ion meter

March 1, 2012

The new CleanGrow multi-ion meter is now available in Australia. The unit features the first-ever combination of a carbon nanotube-sensor with a multiple-ion meter. It’s a hand-held style, which most growers are familiar with, but instead of relying solely on pH or EC measurements to determine nutrient levels, the meter can measure up to six ions simultaneously from a total of 18 different nutrients.

There is a six-ion meter that measures Calcium, Chloride, Potassium, Sodium, Ammonium and Nitrogen; the four-ion probe can be any combination of these six ions. CleanGrow comes in a package that includes the meter, PC software that allows you to manage the sensor and extract saved data to upload into an Excel file, and access to a website where you can store data and look at historical trends, including high and low values. Read More »

IPM in Hydroponic Strawberries

March 1, 2012

We caught up with long-time friend and colleague Neil Helyer at a recent IOBC conference on greenhouse IPM R&D developments in the south of England. We reported on the conference in the previous issue of PH&G. These conferences, held every 3 years, always have farm visits, which are opportunities to see how EU and UK greenhouse hydroponic growers are progressing with their IPM programs. This year was no exception, with successful IPM on display in a range of different crops.

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Gen Y oblivious to the daily recommended serving sizes of fruit and veg

March 1, 2012

A recent study has shown that almost half of younger generation Australians know little about what constitutes one recommended serving size of fruit or vegetables, as needed each day for a healthy and balanced diet.

“The focus is often placed on promoting a diet containing two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables per day without an explanation of exactly how much needs to be in each single serve and this has left Generation Y confused as to the correct amount of fruit of veg they are meant to be consuming,” said AUSVEG Communications Officer, Luke Raggatt.

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New glasshouse tomato operation planned for Western Sydney

March 1, 2012

NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell and Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker have announced a new commercial glasshouse project that will create jobs and food crops at Eastern Creek.Mr O’Farrell said the lease granted to Bennelong Holdings Pty Ltd on 16 hectares of Western Sydney Parklands land on the Great Western Highway will see 6.5 million kgs of truss tomatoes produced on the site each year.
“This is good news for the people of Western Sydney with the creation of 110 full-time jobs and it’s great for local food production with plans to supply the fresh fruit to Sydney supermarkets,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“It’s another step towards transforming this land into a thriving, sustainable commercial farming site and further securing Sydney’s food supply.

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