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NEWS News List

Annual Wrap Up of Fresh Produce Amidst COVID 19

Trends in Fresh Produce during COVID 19 Total grocery sales reached a three-year high during COVID 19 with fresh categories taking out the top five growth contributors. Grocery was the beneficiary of increased at home consumption to the detriment of food service. Bigger baskets, increased frequency and an increase in the repertoire of shops visited […]

2021-03-25

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

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

Australian National Lost Crop Register Exceeds Losses

The thinning of the seasonal labourers along with the loss of crops is causing the farming world to have negative repercussions. However, what seems to be the cause for concern is that many are predicting that the worst is yet to come. According to reports, last week the National Lost Crop Register has exceeded $45 […]

2021-02-10

Rotting Stone Fruit in Swan Hill as Prices Plummet

Due to COVID 19, restrictions were imposed on the usual gathering of backpackers and all of the overseas workers. As a result of this unfortunate pandemic, many farm owners were left in the lurch as their stone fruit was left to rot. In fact, many growers were also thinking of giving up on the industry. […]

2021-02-08

Seasonal Workers to Return to Victoria and Tasmania

In a historic agreement, both Victoria and Tasmania have agreed to let seasonal workers return to the farm so that the work goes on uninterrupted. This will in turn not hamper the Tasmanian seasonal worker program. Moreover, this also takes care of the fact that many more Australians can return home from other foreign lands. […]

2021-01-28

Pacific Workers Arriving From Samoa

In favourable news for New Zealand, around 2,000 Pacific workers are arriving in New Zealand. This will be considered as the first of Samoa’s 780 strong workers that are linked to the Recognised Seasonal Employment Scheme. Moreover, this group of workers have successfully landed in Auckland this week. Nevertheless, the rest of the group are […]

2021-01-21