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Free Trade Agreement now a Done Deal


Free Trade Agreement now a Done Deal

On 17th December 2021, the Australia–United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA) was signed. Tying together the shared threads of history, and the nation’s commitment to open, rules-based trade, the A-UKFTA will deliver mutual benefits and create a closer and stronger economic future for us both. The United Kingdom is Australia’s fifth-largest trading partner. Once the […]


New Agricultural Visa to Supercharge Exploitation?

According to many trusted sources, the Australian government’s new and temporary agricultural visa attempts to solve the labour shortage crisis that has occurred because of the pandemic. However, this could be a risky approach because many low-skilled workers may be exploited. Moreover, the number of permanent skilled workers could also dwindle. The agricultural sector, in […]


Australia all Set for New Agriculture Visa

Fortunately for the agricultural sector, the Australian agriculture worker visa, also known as the ag visa, is a step closer to fruition, after the Federal Government amended the migration regulations. It has enabled it to be operationalized with a supporting program administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The minister for agriculture and […]


The Current Scenario of Australian Agriculture: An Overview

Australia is one of the main producers of a variety of agricultural products. Not only are these goods enjoyed domestically, but they are also exported to countries all over the world. Some of the major products that the nation produces are wheat, wool and beef. Moreover, mainstream, commercial crops are also found in abundance. They […]


Mouse Bait Efficacy Questioned: Australian Mouse Plague

Researchers are now starting to trail the effectiveness of the mouse baits. It is in collaboration with both farmers and baits suppliers. In fact, approximately three research papers were prepared and are soon to be peer-reviewed. After being approved, these papers will be published in scientific journals in an attempt to control further mouse plagues […]


Australia Agriculture: 2021 Snapshot

In the official report released by the Australian Government, eight key aspects of Australian agriculture was minutely examined. Overview Australian agriculture currently is responsible for: 55% of Australian land use (427 million hectares, excluding timber production in December 2020) and 25% of water extractions (3,113 gigalitres used by agriculture in 2018–19) 11% of goods and […]


Fruitful Returns Despite Australian Labour Shortage

Due to the outbreak of the Delta Covid 19 strain, Australia’s population has again gone into a strict lockdown. In fact, border closures are posing extremely serious hurdles for the government economists at the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences. now expect the agriculture industry will grow a whopping 73 billion worth […]


Mouse Plague: The Second Wave

Farmers are seeing troubling signs the mouse plague that devastated regional communities earlier this year could surge again, in perhaps a bigger and more widespread way. The mouse plague may have been halted in wintertime at the pests stop breeding, their high numbers going into the colder months means exponentially higher numbers coming into spring. […]


Pest Management to Protect Macadamia Orchards

In 2017, the Macadamia Integrated Pest Management Program (IPM) commenced in order to examine biological, cultural and chemical combinations on commercial farm setups. Eight of these farm trials have been set up in areas where macadamias are grown in abundance. Some of these regions include Central Queensland, near Bundaberg in the Gympie – Glasshouse Mountain […]


New Agriculture Visa to Provide Permanent Residency

In news that is favourable for foreign agriculture workers, the Federal Government has introduced a new agriculture visa that aims to provide permanent residency to foreign workers entering the country. This agriculture visa aims to cover up the labour shortage that is being faced in the farming, fisheries and forestry sectors. The shortage of workers […]


Effects of the Pandemic Still Visible on Farmers

As the pandemic starts to show its effects in Australia, farmers have expressed their great concern over productivity and yield. As state restrictions start to intensify, this may be in the form of border restrictions or lockdowns, farm owners are having trouble coping with the shortage of labour. Farming is not easy as it looks; […]


Agricultural Visa Up and Running by Christmas

In the past few years, the federal government did not focus on a policy commitment towards an agricultural visa for farmworkers. This was even after the National Party showed strong interest in the concoction of the visa. Instead, just days before the visa was announced on the sidelines of a post-Brexit free trade agreement (FTA) with […]


Community Concerns in Australian Agriculture

The bush has always held a crucial place in the Australian community, location and agriculture. In fact, the horticultural domain has employed approximately 270,000 people in the global context. This equates to 2.3 per cent of the Australian working class. However, labour shortage continues to be a problem in the agricultural sector. Australia faced a […]


Wine Australia: A Diverse Blend in Existence

Australia has always proven to be a diverse producer and exporter of fresh produce. However, it must also be acknowledged that the nation also boasts of a diverse range of wines. Wine is produced in every state, with more than 60 designated regions totalling approximately 160,000 hectares. However, Australia’s wine regions are mainly in the […]


Struggles of Australian Farmers to Adapt to Climate Change

Even though droughts have taken a tremendous toll on the agricultural domain, farmers have battled through their struggle and proved their resilience. However, though the farming community are slowly overcoming droughts, climate changes are threatening to devastate this booming domain. Moreover, farm owners have largely faced struggles to battle the poor rainfall over the last […]


Australian Agriculture Witnesses Record Production in 2021

Background Australian agriculture has had an extremely dynamic and lively history. Technologies related to agriculture were first introduced by European settlers. This in turn had a major impact on early Australian agricultural practices. In the early 19th century, this sector was heavily dependent on wool production. Later, in the 20th century, this domain was dominated […]


Lentils Tariff Cut Welcomed by Australian Growers

In news that is welcomed by all those who are in the field of agriculture, India has decided to cut its lentil tariffs from thirty per cent to ten per cent. These taxes were put into place by the Indian government to support the domestic farming community present in the country. However, in the recent […]


‘Superweed’ Eradicated from Australia

After a long period of fifteen years along with constant surveillance, a tree stump is all that remains of a tree species that had the potential to become a superweed. This is why the biosecurity of Queensland has declared that they intend to remove this weed once and for all. This superweed was first detected […]


Climate Fluctuations cut Australian Profit Margins

According to certain agricultural reports, experts believe that profit margins have the potential to drop by approximately fifty per cent. This is mainly due to global emissions that are hampering every sector that has been profitable. If this is not lessened then farmers have no choice but to lose out on their profit margins. At […]


Visa Test Run, Demands Australian Fresh Produce Alliance

Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA), an industry group, is currently calling for a trial of the new agricultural visa that was announced. Furthermore, they have requested this trial while the employment standards are kept in mind while ensuring the welfare of the employees. In fact, the organisation has also published its own take on the visa […]