Article by: Hari Yellina
With the national association presenting new prizes for its top farmers based on commercial considerations, dried grape growers will be clearing space on the mantelpiece. Dried Fruits Australia (DFA) is launching the 2022 DFA Top Crop Categories this season, which will recognise and reward enterprises who produce the greatest value crop per hectare, with separate awards for each main variety.
The variants are as follows:
Final yields, grades, any deductions (as validated by paperwork obtained from a processor), and publicly available base-level pricing will be used to select the winners. The awards will be awarded at the Mildura Field Days, and the average yield per hectare of the winners will be made public. Each category winner will get a $100 Mildura City Heart gift voucher, while the overall winner will receive a $500 Mildura City Heart gift voucher. The awards will differ from the DFA’s annual Dried Fruit Quality Awards in that they will be based on commercial results. “An 11.6 tonnes per hectare five-crown dark entry with no deductions will score better than a 10 tonnes per hectare five-crown light entry in the Sunmuscat category,” according to a DFA release.
To register for the awards, e-mail: [email protected]. Entries close March 18, with final yields, grades and deductions to be provided by May 16.
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