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Pesticide Use in Organic Farming: A Complete Study

Agriculture covers about 40% of arable land globally and is one of the leading causes of environmental degradation. Despite tremendous gains in agricultural production in the past several decades, hunger and malnutrition remain a challenge and demand for agricultural products continues to increase. Finding scalable ways to improve the sustainability of agricultural production is critical […]


No-Till in Australia Helping Farmers Grow in Dry Conditions

Australia is one of the world leaders in no-till acres. About 56.7 million acres are no-tilled, which equates to about 67% of its cropland. Adoption of no-till in Australia began in the 1960s. Many believe Garry Hine of Wellstead, Western Australia, to be Australia’s first no-tiller. His original family operation included 420 acres of owned ground […]


Effects of Climate Change on Crop Farming

Australia has experienced higher temperatures and lower winter rainfall in recent decades, significantly affecting many crop farmers. The latest Insights report by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) looks at the effects of these recent and possible future changes in climate on Australian farms. Australia’s climate has warmed on average by 1.4°C since 1910, […]


Demand for Dry Fruits Skyrocket during Festive Season

According to the latest report, the demand for dry fruits has finally reached the pre-Covid levels. Currently, the banking sector, pharmaceuticals and logistics departments are the major buyers. The retail demand for these edible snacks soars before major holidays, like Christmas and New Year’s. Nevertheless, there is a lot of interest to purchase these goods […]


Australia to Hire Low-Skilled Workers Post Covid?

Australia has been built on immigration. In recent years it has been skilled migration, and that will continue to be important to us, especially as we recover from the COVID economic malaise. Skilled migrants are offered visas that can lead to permanent residency, whereas those with lesser skills are normally only offered visas without such […]


Women Farmers Changing Landscape of Agriculture

Women have always been critical contributors to agriculture and food production across the world. According to the UN, almost a third of women’s employment globally is in agriculture, including forestry and fishing – and this statistic may exclude self-employed and unpaid family workers. While the percentage of women farmers in upper-middle and high-income countries is less […]


Why is the Australian Pistachio Industry so Successful?

Background: In Australia, there is a single organisation, namely: Pistachio Growers’ Association Inc (PGAI). Even though there are no official state or regional organisations, the Western Australia producers are prone to discussing their game plan due to geographic reasons. Furthermore, the PGA is an active member of the Australian Nut Industry Council (ANIC). They also […]


Technology and Australian Agriculture: A Collaboration

Australian agriculture has always looked to integrate itself with the technological updates that are taking place. Hence, the nation has a long tradition of innovation when it comes to agriculture. In fact, the state and the federal government are great supporters of the merging of agriculture and technology. Agriculture in Australia has to be innovative […]


Pistachios in Decline, Forecasted to Increase

It is an ”off-year” for pistachios in Turkey, and consequently, a low production level for May 2021/22 is being forecast. However, Turkey has carried over significant stocks from the previous year, so there is no shortage of pistachios in the market. In addition, Turkey relies on imports of almonds and walnuts to meet domestic demand […]


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 […]


Walnuts Update: A Statistical Overview

According to the latest reports, post estimates 152,000 mt of walnut production for May 2021/2022, a 2.7 per cent increase over May 2020/2021 following an increase in planted area. Currently, walnut exports are counted at 150,000 et in-shell basis, which represents a 3.4 per cent increase over May 2020/21. These successful export estimates assume the […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Climate Change: Australia’s Battle with the Weather

Due to its geographic location and characteristics, Australia is extremely vulnerable to climate change. Because of this, the nation is susceptible to increased and extreme weather conditions. Hence, it experiences calamities such as droughts, heatwaves and other natural disasters. Nevertheless, due to the strong governance and management, Australia is in a favourable position to battle […]


Low Currency Rates Buoy Australian Agriculture

Even though the value of the Australian currency was lower than the expectations, the favourable seasonal conditions have anchored the agricultural outcomes. In fact, The NAB Rural Commodities Index has now increased by 9.6 per cent, when compared to the rates in 2020. The increase from May to June is approximately 0.8 per cent. Moreover, […]


Position Report: Almond Exports in Australia

The Australian nuts industry is one of the most successful sectors when it comes to the Australian economy, and this is due to the almond exports. Now, over 160,000 tonnes of these nuts were produced. Additionally, the revenue exceeded more than one billion dollars. This nut is one that continues to increase in value and […]


New Markets Open due to Macadamia Industry Grant

In news that is welcomed by the agricultural industry, the macadamia industry is all set to gain access to new markets. The industry based in Queensland is receiving this opportunity as a part of Queensland’s Economic Recovery Plan. According to Tom Smith, a member of Bundaberg, this grant will be used to fund a project […]


Increase in Australian Take-Home Fruit Dollar Sales

Sales Overview According to the latest reports, in the four weeks that have led up to 13th June 2021, the take-home fruit category has increased by over one per cent. Nevertheless, the volume sales have declined by over 6.7% since last year. This is a great difference with regards to the value of the sales […]


Wine Australia Welcomes Record Vintages

Australia can now proudly claim a record vintage in regards to the national wine grape crop. It has amounted to 2.03 million in the year 2021. Nevertheless, the prices have also significantly increased alongside this. Unlike, during the rest of the time, this crop has now claimed the highest price in 13 years. This is […]