Montague, one of Australia’s famous produce organisations, has collaborated with Primewest in order to take operational control over 93ha Piscioneri Farms. This farm is located 9 kilometres from central Mildura. This abundant property boasts of numerous planted crops, such as Allison, Ivory, Menindee and Thompson table grapes. In addition to this, they also possess fruits that belong to the citrus family. These include Eureka lemons and Fisher Navel oranges.
The farm’s management has opined that they are elated that Montague is entering this category. This is being upheld through the management of Piscioneri Farms in Mildura. The addition of the other varieties of fruit will add to the dynamic quality of the property. The team at Montague also seem to be passionate about providing Australians with the highest quality fruit grown with leading farming practices.
Working with the Piscioneri family will help them use their years of connection to the land and growing best practices to seamlessly transition into the grape and citrus categories. The Mildura property includes the aggregation of six properties in the Sunraysia district and features modern irrigation and trellis systems, as well as multiple residences, including backpackers’ quarters.
This decision comes at a time when Australian table grape owners are having to face losses worth millions. The main reason for this is the strained relations with China. Over the past year, China has eliminated billions of dollars of Australian exports including barley, red wine, meat, seafood, timber, cotton and coal.
Now, Australian growers say containers of fresh table grapes that would normally clear China’s customs authorities in one or two days have been delayed by up to 20 days, sometimes without refrigeration. The Australian Table Grape Association (ATGA) estimates the delays, which began six weeks ago, could cost growers and exporters up to $40,000 per container.
Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)