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Livestock Truckies Left Sweeping Floors after Rigid Licensing


Livestock Truckies Left Sweeping Floors after Rigid Licensing

Article by: Hari Yellina Experienced livestock truck drivers who immigrated to Australia to fill labour shortages were dissatisfied with the length of time needed to obtain licences. Employers are currently in severe need of any suitable candidates; however seasoned overseas drivers are unable to operate a vehicle due to licencing requirements. Mark Thornton, a British […]


Plums an Alternative for Stone Fruit?

Article by: Hari Yellina As the harvests in the province of Badajoz have begun, stone fruit from the Spanish area of Extremadura has begun to reach the markets. The campaign is starting 5 to 10 days late this year, depending on the production areas, due to a colder than typical end of winter and beginning […]


Sunraysia Continues to Battle Fruit Fly Outbreak

Article by: Hari Yellina Winter has proven to be Sunraysia’s most effective weapon against the region’s extremely high levels of Queensland fruit fly. Narelle Beattie, regional co-ordinator for the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area in Mildura, said the cooler weather was already forcing flies into hibernation and laying eggs in fruit across the region. However, she […]


Australian Farmers Continue to Respond to Opportunities and Challenges

Article by: Hari Yellina The Australian horticulture industry is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment to ensure its continuing growth and development. Collaboration with growers, industry executives, organisations, and other government entities is part of this process. To enhance market access and trade conditions for Australian exporters, as well as manage […]


African Boxthorn Recommended to Combat Fruitfly Infestations

Article by: Hari Yellina The cooler weather has caused weeds to grow at an alarming rate, and pest weeds are also benefiting from the shift in weather, but one proclaimed weed that is acting as a safe haven for fruit fly is a major problem. According to Murraylands and Riverland Landscape Board district manager Hannah […]


Overall Orange Conditions Remain Similar to Last Year’s

Article by: Hari Yellina As a result of recurring outbreaks of Covid-19, importers have faced significant hurdles in recent years. Importers face a great deal of unpredictability in terms of distribution, labour, and resources. Flexibly adjusting operating procedures, properly observing changes in market demand, and constantly ensuring product quality are all critical in this volatile […]


Exports in Turmoil Due to Lack of Equipment

Article by: Hari Yellina Premium Fresh, a Tasmanian farmer, finished harvesting onions at the end of March. Jim Ertler, Managing Director, stated at the start of the year that they had planted less for this season owing to shipping uncertainties, and he was proven correct. “Due to a lack of equipment, export has been a […]


Imports Restricted to Avoid Khapra Beetle Outbreak

Article by: Hari Yellina To prevent the entrance of the khapra beetle, which may harm the Australian agriculture industry by more than $15 billion, import regulations will be tightened. The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment will impose additional standards for at-risk plant goods and sowing seeds, which must now be inspected offshore by a government official […]


Pacific Labour Mobility Scheme Attempts to Deal with Fruit Picker Shortage

Article by: Hari Yellina Autumn is crunch time for Joe Ceravolo’s orchards, with the apple harvest beginning in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. However, according to the fourth-generation farmer, getting sufficient people to harvest is becoming a major difficulty. “If you’re employing labour hire businesses at these times of year, it’s really difficult to increase your labour […]


America’s Favourite Pick-Up Truck Enters Australia

Article by: Hari Yellina The Ford F-150 pickup truck, America’s best-selling car, has been approved for release in Australia in the mid of next year. Customers had expressed their wish to see the F-150 in local showrooms, according to Ford Australia and New Zealand president and CEO Andrew Birkic. This input, along with the rise […]


Riverland Program Aims to Train Jobseekers

Tim Whetstone, the member of Chaffey, recently announced a pilot scheme that will see seasonal workers in the Riverland employed by a group training organisation to gain vital skills and offer them year-round work in an effort to solve the local labour crisis. Local GTO Murraylands Employment and Training SA will hire 18 job seekers […]


Feedlot Program Welcomes Young Managers

Article by: Hari Yellina Isabelle Hare has always been fascinated with animals. Her earliest recollections include helping to muster sheep on her family’s sheep property in western New South Wales while riding a horse. Ms Hare said she realised a lifelong dream by working on cattle stations in Western Australia’s Kimberley region for the previous […]


Australian Farm Workers Must be paid a Minimum Wage

The Fair Work Commission’s decision that Australian farm labourers paid piece rates to pick fruit and vegetables must henceforth get a base salary of $25.41 per hour is long overdue and vital. Anyone working in Australia should, in theory, be paid a minimum wage. However, in the agricultural sector, piecework payments, in which workers are […]


Finding Shearers a Tough Challenge of Australian Agriculture

As the business battles the COVID-19-induced labour crisis, training the very next group of shearers will be a top focus in 2022. Acting CEO John Roberts of Australian Wool Innovation said the organisation had poured its “heart and soul” into training as many people as possible to deal with the crisis. “We’ve really built up […]


Aldi Tops the List for Best Organic Fresh Produce

Australians appear to prefer the fruit and vegetable selections of a major German supermarket chain. For Supermarket Fruits & Vegetables, Aldi won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers honours in 2021. It also chose the ward because of its organic items. Canstar Blue is a consumer review and evaluation website that offers customer satisfaction studies […]


The Agricultural Domain Attempts to Predict Future Supply Chain Weaknesses

The National Farming Association urges the government to stop reacting to supply chain disruptions and has proposed a method for anticipating the unforeseeable. Throughout the epidemic, supply networks have been stressed and proven to be deficient, with a lack of rapid-antigen tests rendering food aisles barren across the country. The National Farmers’ Federation wants to […]


Grains Industry: The Current Overview

Domestic Update After several years of reduced output owing to drought, Australia’s grain production is expected to rebound in 2020-21. The country is a prominent player on the global stage, with many of its grain and oilseeds industries geared toward export. The country’s wheat crop for 2020-21 is expected to be 28.4 million tonnes, increasing […]


Australia’s Tree Nut Industry: The Growth and Development

The tree nut business in Australia continues to be a national roaring success. The industry contributes significantly to the Australian rural and regional economy, with a farm gate value of over AU$1 billion in 2018. The tree-nut business is currently undergoing its most massive development in a decade, with new plantings taking place across the […]


Urea Smuggling: A Current Global Challenge

The production of the chemical peaked at an all-time high of 6.3 million tonnes in 2021 thanks to the uninterrupted gas supplies to the urea plants last year on revised government policy. This compared with an annual average demand of around six million tonnes for the last three years. However, the wheat farmers have been […]


Meat accounts for 60% of the Greenhouse Gasses in Agriculture

The global production of food is responsible for a third of all planet-heating gases emitted by human activity, with the use of animals for meat causing twice the pollution of producing plant-based foods, a major new study has found. The entire system of food production, such as the use of farming machinery, spraying of fertilizer […]