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Queensland Transforms into a Sustainable Food City

A community in Queensland is on track to become Australia’s most ‘sustainable food city’. It is also ready to feature in a digitally integrated urban horticulture and community composting systems. Yarrabilb, a 2,062-hectare purpose-built town in South East Queensland, and the project, which is being co-ordinated by the Food Agility Cooperative Research Centre, started in […]

2021-04-02

Australian Banana Growers Distraught

Australian growers that were highly affected by a tropical cyclone Niran. The sufferers are eligible for a $25,000 government grant. The banana growers were severely affected by this. However, the growers are saying that it’s not enough and most importantly not targeted towards the biggest issue facing the industry. The grant is restricted to cover […]

2021-03-23

Growers of Citruses in Australia Concerned

According to latest reports, Australian growers and packers are extremely worried about hiring Pacific Islander seasonal workers. This is mainly done to help fill the labour shortage that has occurred due to the global pandemic. However, the law has now specified that these growers need to be placed in quarantine, adding to the costs of […]

2021-03-16

Woes Continue for Labour Shortage in Australia

Forecasts show that there is no short term end for Australia’s horticulture labour shortages. Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) says while the horticulture industry will suffer significantly from labour shortage, there are some opportunities from high domestic demand. A senior industry economist at ABARES, Charley Xia, told this week’s Outlook […]

2021-03-08

Produce Being Wasted: Newest News in Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic and labour shortages have had a “massive” impact on the already high levels of produce wastage, according to Australia’s leading research centre on the issue. Dr Steve Lapidge is the inaugural CEO of Fight Food Waste Ltd, which incorporates the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre and Stop Food Waste Australia. He […]

2021-02-26

Overview of the Global Pear Market in Australia

The European pear market currently appears to be at a minor deadlock. There are talks of a difficult Conference season in the Netherlands. Other classic pear markets, such as Italy and Germany, are also dealing with an increased demand. A greater exception is France, where the pear market is still growing at a steady rate. […]

2021-02-19

The Future of the Growing Season

The growing season for tomatoes in South Australia has not been without its struggles. One of the main problems that growers are facing is the extremely high temperature. Due to this, there is a need to increase the irrigation. However, the supply has not been compromised at any costs. Considering the weather, many have noticed […]

2021-02-18

Water Scarcity Causes Scare amongst Wide Bay Growers

It is a known fact that Australia’s Wide Bay Region has a booming agricultural sector. Moreover, this area produced around 12 percent agricultural production in Queensland, that is worth greater than $1.5 billion. Nevertheless, the growing personnel are facing grave issues due to water scarcity. This is mainly because this place has not seen rainfall […]

2021-02-17

Remembering Cyclone Yasi

In the year of 2011, cyclone Yasi was responsible for destroying more than 80 per cent of Australia’s banana industry. Due to this cyclone, around $350 million worth of bananas were completely destructed. Moreover, farm owners in Cardwell, Innisfail and Tully suffered the majority of the losses. Historically low banana production meant a box of […]

2021-02-12

Conservation Agriculture and its Development in Australia

The Australian story of farmer innovation in Conservation Agriculture reveals a complex interplay of policy, economics, science, and farming. Farmer experimentation with Conservation Agriculture began in the 1960’s and has continued to this day where around 80%-90% of Australia’s 23.5 million hectares of winter crops are now grown using Conservation Agriculture principles. This remarkable achievement is the […]

2021-02-11