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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

British Colombia’s Cherry Harvest a Boost for the Market

Article by: Hari Yellina About 95% of all cherry farmed in Canada are grown in British Columbia (BC). It is the last cherry-growing zone in North America, and harvest begins even later this year than usual. “Instead of starting on July 1, we’ll start around ten days later, around July 10,” says Julie McLachlan of […]

2022-06-15

Frozen vs. Fresh: What are Consumers Choosing?

Article by: Hari Yellina If you choose frozen fruit and veggies over fresh, you may discover that you have a little extra money in your bank account after your next supermarket trip. In recent months, the cost of fresh fruits and vegetables has risen dramatically. They were up 17% in February compared to the same […]

2022-06-14

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 […]

2022-06-14

Lifestyle Costs Force Aussies to Buy Local Produce

Article by: Hari Yellina To compensate for on-farm losses and rising input costs, prices are projected to continue to rise. Rural Australians can pay up to three times more for various commodities than city people due to freight costs and retail monopolies. Some Australians are finding it difficult to buy fresh fruit, vegetables, and meat […]

2022-06-14

Funds Allotted for the Australian Mango Sector

Article by: Hari Yellina Thanks to a $2.7 million investment, mango growers will be more informed, as well as more productive and profitable. The funds will be split between two parts: an integrated extension project and a communications initiative, and will come from the mango research and development levy and federal contributions. Growers will be […]

2022-06-14

Banana Freckle Disease Continues to Spread in Australia

Article by: Hari Yellina The banana freckle infestation has now spread to two more residences in the Northern Territory. The NT Government’s biosecurity authorities say there have now been three positive cases of the disease from three different sites. All of them are located in the Batchelor-Rum Jungle region, about 100 kilometres south of Darwin. […]

2022-06-14

Veracruz Almonds Goes for Blockchain Traceability

Article by: Hari Yellina Following the use of blockchain at their award-winning plantations in Idanha-a-Nova and Fundo, Portugal, Veracruz Almonds is leading the way in food traceability. This comes as the almond grower aims to boost its exports to UK and European distributors and suppliers. Veracruz will be able to track the whole lifetime of […]

2022-06-13

Europe Ideal for Fresh Lychee Trade but Logistics an Issue

Article by: Hari Yellina According to legend, the first lychee tree was planted over 200 years ago in the Thanh Ha District of Hai Duong Province, Vietnam. Mr. Hoang Van Com, a fruit and vegetable trader, returned from one of his business visits with seedlings from the tree. He placed the seedlings, and because the […]

2022-06-13

Tired of Soaring Prices? Grow Your Own Seedlings

Article by: Hari Yellina According to a nursery in Ballarat, interest for fruit and vegetable seedlings is increasing as individuals try to save money on their food expenditures. Heads of iceberg lettuce are currently selling for an average of $6 in the fresh produce aisle of any large supermarket, more than double the price of […]

2022-06-13

Plans to Grow Queensland’s Horticulture in the Next Decade

Article by: Hari Yellina Growcom Australia, the leading industry group for Queensland horticulture, has presented a 10-year vision for the Queensland fresh produce sector with the release of its strategic plan, Future Fields, this week. Growcom Acting Chief Executive Officer Richard Shannon says the industry not only feeds a big portion of the country, but […]

2022-06-13

Global Overview: Cherries

Article by: Hari Yellina Many cherry-producing locations in the northern hemisphere have had a difficult growing season. Cold weather and heavy rains in North America have caused certain places to lose up to 50% of their regular yield, while similar conditions in Italy and Spain have resulted in severe losses in other areas. Others have […]

2022-06-13

Integrated Weed Management Guide Launched for the Veggie Industry

Article by: Hari Yellina A new handbook, which has been in the works for five years, will assist vegetable growers in implementing integrated weed management strategies. The publication, Integrated Weed Management for the Australian Vegetable Industry, is the outcome of a collaboration between the University of New England (UNE) and Hort Innovation. Researchers looked assessed […]

2022-06-13

Local Veggie Growers not to Increase Prices

Article by: Hari Yellina Building a vegetable empire a year ago was never about making money for Sam Higgins and his wife, Susie. It began as a labour of love to help the environment by providing a chemical-free patch and a means to connect to Mother Earth. As a result, when lettuce prices soared to […]

2022-06-10

Shopping Seasonally the Best Way to Save Money?

Article by: Hari Yellina As inflation rises and incomes stagnate, Australians are feeling the squeeze in their routine food shopping, particularly when it comes to fresh fruit. Some large supermarkets have been asking as much as $12 for a single head of iceberg lettuce, forcing fast-food giant KFC to bulk out its burgers and wraps […]

2022-06-10

Is the Majority of French Sweet Corn Exported?

Article by: Hari Yellina The current status of sweet corn growing in France is reported by Nicolas Montepagano, branch manager of A.G.P.M. France is a European leader, as the second largest producer of sweet corn for manufacture and tied for first in canned corn output. However, with more than 80% of production being exported, the […]

2022-06-10

Gisborne Growers Attempt to Bring Local Bananas Home

Article by: Hari Yellina As one drives across the country, one thing becomes clear: there’s a lot of farmland in the country. Animals such as cows, sheep, deer, and the occasional bloody old alpaca line the roadway in every location and climate in New Zealand. Avocados, apples, and berries of all kinds grow in the […]

2022-06-10

Garlic Salt Escalates Pinerock to New Heights

Article by: Hari Yellina Roger Hobday of Terramungamine, near Dubbo, NSW, created Pinerock Garlic out of a desire to produce something he and his wife Johanne can eat, as well as a lengthy history of farming. Pinerock is primarily a garlic business, but Roger and Johanne also make flavor-infused salts, which have proven to be […]

2022-06-10