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A Tomato Variant that is a Diamond in the Rough

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A Tomato Variant that is a Diamond in the Rough

Article by: Hari Yellina It can take up to ten years from breeding to marketing a new tomato variety. The cultivar, however, debuts in stores this week after Nature Fresh Farms made contact with a new seed supplier in the Netherlands a few years ago. According to Matt Quiring, SVP of Sales and Marketing at […]

2022-06-30

Peruvian Blueberries Gain Access to Israel Markets

Article by: Hari Yellina Blueberries from Peru, also referred to as “blue gold,” now have expanded market access in Israel. This comes after Peru’s Ministry of Agrarian Development and Irrigation (MIDAGRI) announced the opening of a new Asian market for Peruvian blueberries, which was in response to an official communication from Israel’s Plant Protection and […]

2022-06-30

Choko Popularity Rises in Maitland Region

Article by: Hari Yellina One of those vegetables that people either adore or detest. And, this central American vegetable is making a reappearance on Maitland dinner plates, whether you name it the choko, like we do in Australia, or chayote, mirliton, pipinola, and gisquil – like they do in other parts of the world. Austin […]

2022-06-30

2022 NZ Kiwifruit Harvest Complete

Article by: Hari Yellina Almost all 2,800 producers’ orchards from Kerikeri in the north to Motueka in the south have harvested their kiwifruit for consumers, making the 2022 harvest of New Zealand’s largest horticultural product nearly complete. Overtaking the previous record of more than 177 million trays set last year, the 2022 season was predicted […]

2022-06-29

Potato Farmers Demand 20 Cents More Per Kilo

Article by: Hari Yellina Potato growers in important growing areas claim that unless shops raise the shelf price of their produce by 20 cents per kilo, they will be forced to leave the business. Farmers in all industries are finding it difficult to absorb production price rises of 50% or more caused by global issues […]

2022-06-28

Coles to Offer Financial Assistance to Organic Producers

Article by: Hari Yellina To enhance the supply of organic fresh produce, Coles is offering grants to organic produce growers in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland. Coles stated that it would provide funds to six small and medium-sized companies carrying out initiatives to boost sustainability, expand Australia’s organic fresh produce market, and boost the […]

2022-06-28

Growers also Suffering from Rising Fruit and Vegetable Prices

Article by: Hari Yellina Prices are rising, consumer confidence is declining, and some consumers are speculating as to whether farmers are suddenly collecting huge paychecks. The family of Allan Fong has been engaged in the horticulture industry for about 60 years. He claimed that the situation for growers is worse now than it has ever […]

2022-06-27

Increased Prices of Snow Peas Leaves Consumers Baffled

Article by: Hari Yellina It appears that no fruit or vegetable is exempt from price increases as we try to get through the current cost of living crisis. The cost of the little snow pea has now risen to $42.80/kg at Woolworths, following the price hike of lettuce. The crop typically sells for roughly $6.99/kg […]

2022-06-27

Apple Chip Product Encourages Healthy Snacking

Article by: Hari Yellina With its Chippy Apples product, a Victorian food production company is promoting a balanced diet and decreasing the waste of fresh produce. The improvement of nutrition in youngsters, who are known for being “picky eaters,” is the company’s primary focus, according to Phil Gomizel, managing director of Pipan Foods, who has […]

2022-06-27

Coles Now Partnering with Produce Growers

Article by: Hari Yellina Following the impact of floods and cold weather on their supply in south east Queensland, supermarket behemoth Coles is collaborating with its fresh produce suppliers to offer a temporary alternative for customers seeking to buy iceberg lettuces. Customers in South East Queensland will be able to get two smaller lettuces for […]

2022-06-27

Farmers in Demand for Horticulture Business Study

Article by: Hari Yellina Producers of horticulture in Victoria are being urged to sign up for a new farm monitor programme. According to Agriculture Victoria, its Horticulture Farm Monitor Pilot will give farmers vital business information to better understand their profitability, speed up recovery, and spur future expansion. With regard to a variety of crops, […]

2022-06-27

Abundance of Lettuce Found in Canberra

Article by: Hari Yellina While major food chains may be feeling the squeeze, Pialligo Estate growers are thriving with availability as they believe that the future will revolve entirely around growing locally. Only 15 minutes from Canberra city, executive chef Mark Glenn and head gardener Peter Anderson manage a 56-acre farm. They stated the secret […]

2022-06-27

Unsellable Fruit now being Used in Beer?

Article by: Hari Yellina Two passionfruit farmers in Western Australia’s south west are minimising food waste by buying unsellable fruit from local farms and turning the puree into beer. Several high-profile brewers in the region, including Eagle Bay Brewing, Funk Cider, and Tall Timbers Manjimup, have employed the various fruit purees to manufacture diverse beers. […]

2022-06-17

Strawberry Prices to Soar after Rainy Weather

Article by: Hari Yellina After lettuce, strawberries are now being sold at exorbitant costs, with a 250g punnet costing $11.99 in a Canberra store.To put it in perspective, in August of last year, the same grocer selling the costly Victorian-grown punnets was offering three for $2 on fruit. Wet weather and illness ravaged harvests at […]

2022-06-17

Robot Picker to Aid Tackle Labour Shortages

Article by: Hari Yellina Winter has arrived, and the apples in Ardmona have been harvested for the year, with the exception of one row set aside for Eve. Eve is a fruit-picking robot prototype developed by Ripe Robotics over the course of three years. As the horticulture sector struggles to find human labour, Eve’s CEO […]

2022-06-17

Top Organisations to Host Soil Conservation and Farm Resilience Field Day

Article by: Hari Yellina With the recent heavy rains and flooding throughout the eastern seaboard, there’s never been a better moment to evaluate contours, whoa-boys, headlands, and cover cropping strategies to prevent valuable topsoil from vanishing into the neighbor’s paddock. Growcom has teamed up with Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA), a regional natural resource management (NRM) […]

2022-06-17

Images of Frost Covered Produced Surface at Permaculture Operation

Article by: Hari Yellina Many people in the north have been feeling the effects of the current cold spell, with producers in the Mackay region being particularly hard hit. HillBilly Farm Co in Eungella’s Adam Burrows and Alicia Kidd recently published photos of frost-covered produce from their permaculture business on social media. Ms Kidd stated […]

2022-06-17

Side Salads in Pubs Optional to Cut Down on Waste?

Article by: Hari Yellina On the pub-meal plate, the simple side salad generally takes a back seat. For many people, it’s an unavoidable part of a pub lunch, sandwiched between the chips and the schnitzel. Even if we don’t eat our greens, the option of having them there can be appealing. Pubs, on the other […]

2022-06-16

Roadside Stalls to Come to an End?

Article by: Hari Yellina Businesses who operate roadside fruit stands and pick-your-own farms are concerned that new laws proposed by the New South Wales government may force them to close their doors. Despite assertions from NSW Planning that they are striving to make farming simpler, not harder, this is the case. Farmstays, cafes, restaurants, retreats, […]

2022-06-15

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 […]

2022-06-15