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Fruit Pickers now Eligible for a Set Wage

Article by: Hari Yellina Shoppers are being cautioned that cost-of-living pressures are likely to worsen starting today, as farm pay increases all across the country have the potential to raise the cost of fruits and vegetables. It’s the first day of a new wage framework for horticultural employees, marking one of the most dramatic shifts in […]


What are the Opportunities for the Export of Greenhouse Grown Melons?

Article by: Hari Yellina According to a top Australian horticultural, protected cropping may provide a specific niche supply of high-quality melons from North Queensland for export in the future. Dr. Elio Jovicich of the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) has been working on various initiatives in the tropical regions involving specialised melons and […]


Global Update: New Zealand Resumes New Apple Season

Article by: Hari Yellina Every year in the middle of February, New Zealand’s apple season starts and lasts until August or September. Apples from New Zealand are aromatic, juicy, and luscious. They have a lovely appearance and flavour, and they are highly popular on the market. Furthermore, apples fare better in storage and transportation when […]


New Fruit Fly Outbreaks Declared in Riverland

Article by: Hari Yellina After maggots were discovered in backyard fruit, PIRSA announced two new Queensland fruit fly infestations in Waikerie and Paringa. Properties will be inspected in the new 1.5-kilometer “red” outbreak areas, and limitations on the transit of at-risk fruits and vegetables have been imposed. Mundic Creek, Murtho, Paringa, Wonuarra, and Waikerie are among […]


Burnett all Set to Witness Huge Citrus Season

Article by: Hari Yellina Burnett citrus growers are preparing for a busy season ahead, with the fruit almost mature and ready to pick. Despite the fact that the fruit will be a mixed bag in terms of look, buyers can rest confident that there’ll be plenty of ready-to-eat product. Although some fruit may appear faulty […]


Cherry Season Hits an All Time High

Article by: Hari Yellina Despite an unusual weather occurrence that reduced production, a Tasmanian cherry grower believes the summer was another strong season for the company. The output of Black Devil Tasmanian Cherries may have been higher if not for the unfavourable conditions, according to David Allanson, Farm Manager of Lennonville Orchards Pty Ltd, which […]


Shepard Avocado Rewarded with its Own Festival

Article by: Hari Yellina This season, a single avocado variety has been given its own festival to raise awareness and consumption. However, there were no music tents or showbags; instead, a specially customised cuisine including Shepard avocados was served. The “For the Love of Shepard Avocado Festival,” which took place from March 14 to 27, […]


Citrus Nursery Levels Up

Article by: Hari Yellina Using remote sensing technologies, a CITRUS nursery has redesigned its entire business operation. One of Australia’s leading citrus production nurseries is Golden Grove Nursery in Torbanlea, Queensland. In collaboration with Hort Innovation and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, the company has been involved in a strategic levy-funded initiative named “Digital remote […]


Pineapple Roots Protected by Biofungicides?

Article by: Hari Yellina There may be some new weapons on the horizon in the war against phytophthora, the nemesis of many avocado and pineapple growers. BioClay, a biofungicide, is being studied at the university to see how efficient it will be at controlling diseases that cause afflicted pineapple plants to wilt and die. Plant […]


Pressure Builds on Export Markets

Article by: Hari Yellina With the citrus business prepared for a large surge in fruit production, a lemon Armageddon or mandarin mountain could be on the way. Several presenters at the Citrus Technical Forum 2022 on the Sunshine Coast on March 8-9 hinted at large harvest quantities in the next years, emphasising the importance of a […]


Hydroponic Tomatoes: The Complete Overview

Article by: Hari Yellina In the height of summer, nothing beats the taste, texture, and rich juiciness of a freshly picked tomato. We’re all aware of the benefits and trends of eating seasonally, but by utilising the technology used in hydroponic growing practises, we can enjoy high-quality tomatoes all year long and avoid those that […]


Loxton Fruitfly Outbreak: A Major Blow

Article by: Hari Yellina After Qld fruit fly maggots were discovered in the area this week, limits on the movement of fruit and vegetables near Loxton are currently in place, with limitations throughout the Riverland in effect until at least mid-November. The latest red zone in the Riverland is now one of four, with workers from […]


Extending Shelf Life a Critical Issue

Article by: Hari Yellina Amongst all of the issues haunting the agriculture industry, a major global issue is a lack of shipping capacity. Container delays are causing problems for traders in numerous areas. Extending the shelf life of crops and preserving their freshness are critical, as is reducing fresh produce waste. Cathy is the sales manager […]


Recap: Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Festival 2022

Article by: Hari Yellina The Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival in Queensland has once again demonstrated the importance of the town’s fruit-growing tradition. From February 25 to March 6, large crowds flocked to the town for a ‘grape time,’ participating in events such as the grape crushing championships, the longest apple peeling championships, the […]


Neighbours Stuck in Jam over Sharing of Fruit Harvest

Article by: Hari Yellina Authorities have proposed a creative new method for people to exchange fruit without attracting hungry fruit flies. Instead, make jam. Critics have already dubbed it a “back of the beer coaster” solution to end the time-honored practise of neighbours trading extra fruit and vegetables. The majority of neighbourhood Facebook groups feature […]


Citrus Growers Advised not to Wait for Ag Visa

Article by: Hari Yellina Citrus growers have been advised not to rely on the Australian ag visa as a resolution to the labour crisis this season. The ag visa could take a year to fully execute, according to attendees at the Citrus Technical Forum 2022 on the Sunshine Coast on March 8 and 9. Growers […]


Global Overview: Mandarins

Article by: Hari Yellina The current state of the worldwide mandarin market is highly reliant on where one looks. Some major producing nations have had more luck than others, with Australia anticipating a big crop, while North America, Italy, and Spain are all suffering from bad weather throughout their growing seasons. Though sales are generally favourable […]


Strawberries Flourish with the Help of AI

Article by: Hari Yellina The main goal of an Australian Research Council Research Hub is to utilise artificial intelligence to boost farming production and disease control. In 2018, the centre won $5 million in funding from the Australian Research Council’s Industrial Transformation Research Program. The Hub brings together world-class skills in image processing, machine learning, robotics, […]


Australian Citrus Industry Rewarded for its Achievements

Article by: Hari Yellina At the Citrus Technical Forum Awards Dinner, Citrus Australia inducted two additional members of the industry into the Hall of Fame: Robert Lochert and Russell Witcombe. This year’s Citrus Technical Forum, which FreshPlaza attended, drew around 350 people from throughout the Australian citrus industry to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. Robert Lochert and […]


Dried Fruits Australia Announces Winners

Article by: Hari Yellina With the national association presenting new prizes for its top farmers based on commercial considerations, dried grape growers will be clearing space on the mantelpiece. Dried Fruits Australia (DFA) is launching the 2022 DFA Top Crop Categories this season, which will recognise and reward enterprises who produce the greatest value crop […]