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
The thinning of the seasonal labourers along with the loss of crops is causing the farming world to have negative repercussions. However, what seems to be the cause for concern is that many are predicting that the worst is yet to come. According to reports, last week the National Lost Crop Register has exceeded $45 million in losses when analyzed at the farmgate value. Moreover, this register has just been opened since December of last year. Thus, this alarming number is a great cause for concern for the horticultural world.
In the past eight weeks, it has been reported that around 65 separate crop losses have been found. Furthermore, more than 85,000 horticultural businesses have suffered severe losses. Since imported food accounts for only 15 per cent of the nation’s daily food supply, the effects of tightening the food supply will be felt by all major retailers. In fact, supermarket prices are bound to increase because of crop loss.
According to agricultural experts, Queensland has reported a loss of crops up to $33 million. New South Wales has estimated a loss of $8 million and Western Australia has experienced crop loss of about $2 million. However, the number will not stop at this. There are many large growers that have not yet registered their losses. This situation is perhaps one of the worst situations in the horticultural industry. Even though there are some measures that are being taken to recover from this, the damage seems to be irreparable.
In addition to the pandemic, dry conditions in Western Australia and in northern New South Wales have also added to crop losses. For example, the yield of wheat in 2000 is reported to be 22% lower than in 1999. The crop losses cost farmers an estimated A$500 million to 600 million. The NSW Minister of Agriculture reportedly said that the situation was one of the worst disasters in Australian agricultural history.