Overview Australian ginger, though available all throughout the country, is widely produced in Queensland. Furthermore, processed ginger is oftentimes used in beverages in minced or candied form. However, the majority of these fresh imports to Australia are widely processed without entering the fresh supply chain. Most importantly, Fijian ginger has also been recently granted acess […]2020-11-12
Overview Australia possesses a small but growing garlic industry. Nevertheless, most of the supply is accumulated by imports from other regions. The countries that provide the garlic supply are China, Africa, Taiwan, New Zealand and the USA. This necessary vegetable can be identified as a close relative of onions, leeks and chives. When it comes […]2020-11-12
Overview Fresh herbs, including parsley, are predominantly grown in almost all states of Australia. They are specially grown in market gardens near the major capitals. In the present times, increasing volumes are being grown in high-tech greenhouses all year long. Types of Herbs Lemon Myrtle Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is originally a Queensland Rainforest tree so they […]2020-10-30
Overview Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a perennial that grows to 2 metres or more, and at least 50cm across. The leaf has a strong anise scent and flavour, and the buttery yellow flowers appear in summer and autumn. The more common green fennel is a noxious weed in some regions so it should not be planted. The […]2020-10-30
Australian growers that were highly affected by a tropical cyclone Niran. The sufferers are eligible for a $25,000 government grant. The banana growers were severely affected by this. However, the growers are saying that it’s not enough and most importantly not targeted towards the biggest issue facing the industry. The grant is restricted to cover building and fencing repairs, as well clean-up activities for primary producers in Cairns, Cassowary Coast, Hinchinbrook, Mareeba and the Tablelands regions.
Grants provided by the jointly funded Commonwealth National Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangement (DRFA) can be used for bananas, sugar cane, passionfruit, avocado, production nurseries and other perennial forest farms.
One banana grower– who had to lay off 14 to 15 staff after the cyclone struck in early March – said this grant will only cover about a tenth of estimated losses and do nothing to help cover staff wages.
She also told Tropic that a $25,000 cheque for clean-up and repairs won’t help her Boogan farm, Pacific Coast Eco Bananas, which won’t see an income in the next six months.