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EXPORT AND IMPORT

$1.4 Million in Grants Aid Queensland Exporters Flourish
Article by: Hari Yellina The Palaszczuk Government’s New Market Program will distribute $1.4 million to 60 Queensland exporters wanting to enter new international markets. The fund […]
Global Update: Shangai’s Export Facilities Back on Track
Article by: Hari Yellina Shanghai finally gave the green light to a general resumption of business at historic speed after two months of strict epidemic controls, with sea and air port c […]
Container Shortages Still Plaguing the Aussie Export Industry

Article by: Hari Yellina The world economy is still being impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic, the March 2021 blockade of the Suez Canal by a container ship that ran aground, and the more recent shock caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The shortages of particular products, the ships waiting at anchorage outside of major maritime […]

INTERNATIONAL

Uncontrollable Plant Fungus Present in Australia?

Article by: Hari Yellina Biosecurity Attempts to confine the plant fungus blueberry rust have been abandoned by Tasmanian authorities, who claim that “the benefits of containment no longer exceed the difficulties.” The fungus, which first made its way to the island state in 2014, can severely defoliate blueberry plants and even kill them occasionally. According […]

2022-08-01
FMD Forces Victoria to Create an Animal Disease Task Force

Article by: Hari Yellina To prepare for an outbreak of the foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), which is already spreading over parts of Indonesia, the Victorian government will set up an Emergency Animal Disease (EAD) task force. Graeme Cooke, Victoria’s top veterinarian, would provide guidance to the task force’s co-chairmen, Agriculture Victoria CEO Matt Lowe and Emergency […]

2022-08-01
Did the Queensland Floods Spread Fire Ants?

Article by: Hari Yellina Concerns have been raised that the invasive fire ant, which can construct a raft to float along rivers, may have spread during the record-breaking floods in southern Queensland. The state government said that floodwaters flowed too quickly for insects to survive, but the opposition demanded proof that the risk had been […]

2022-08-01

STATISTICS

Targeting Goals in the Field of Genetics

Article by: Hari Yellina Les and Jenny Stewart of Victoria were able to achieve their goal of increasing production by using genomic testing and investing in proven high-performance genetics. At Allanjay Holsteins in Newbridge, 30 kilometres west of Bendigo, the Stewarts milk 250 registered Holsteins. Each year, some 140 hectares of perennial pastures and seasonal […]

2022-03-17

Benefits of Seaweed Fodder Put on Display

Article by: Hari Yellina An industry symposium this week focused on the newest findings regarding the benefits of using seaweed species as cattle feed to help reduce methane emissions. Dr. Breanna Roque of Future Feed was one of several keynote presenters who addressed an audience of farmers at ABS’ 2022 Beef Conference in Tamworth this week, highlighting […]

2022-03-16

Cattle Market Processors Pull Back due to Port Related Issues

Article by: Hari Yellina On the basis of overflowing freezers and reefer storage capacity at the country’s largest beef export shipping facility, the Port of Brisbane, processor grids in Queensland and Northern NSW have plummeted 10 to 15 cents per kilogramme. While shipments are beginning to flow out of the port, they are still at […]

2022-03-16

Do Women Farm with Fewer Tools?

Article by: Hari Yellina If women farmers had the same access to opportunities as men, agricultural productivity might rise by 30%, feeding an additional 150 million people. This estimate from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is just one of the little-known, but fascinating, tidbits of information regarding agriculture’s gender gap that was highlighted in a […]

2022-02-25

Aldi Tops the List for Best Organic Fresh Produce

Australians appear to prefer the fruit and vegetable selections of a major German supermarket chain. For Supermarket Fruits & Vegetables, Aldi won the Canstar Blue Most Satisfied Customers honours in 2021. It also chose the ward because of its organic items. Canstar Blue is a consumer review and evaluation website that offers customer satisfaction studies […]

2022-01-19

Grains Industry: The Current Overview

Domestic Update After several years of reduced output owing to drought, Australia’s grain production is expected to rebound in 2020-21. The country is a prominent player on the global stage, with many of its grain and oilseeds industries geared toward export. The country’s wheat crop for 2020-21 is expected to be 28.4 million tonnes, increasing […]

2022-01-17

NUTS

Macadamia Farmer Harvest 10 Tonnes by Hand

Article by: Hari Yellina In contrast to most growers, David Flinter manages his commercial organic macadamia farm. In fact, he thinks he might be the only farmer who choose to hand-pick the millions of nuts that are cultivated on his land each year. Mr. Flinter’s farm, which covers 240 hectares and includes more than 3,000 […]

2022-07-18

$500 Million Almond Crops on the Verge of Ruin

Article by: Hari Yellina The almond business is hurriedly coordinating with state governments to relocate thousands of beehives throughout the nation in order to prevent a catastrophic crop loss costing $500 million. The pollination of the nut depends entirely on European honey bees, however because of a varroa mite invasion in NSW, approximately half of […]

2022-07-14

Varroa Mites Could Hinder Almond Crops

Article by: Hari Yellina Although almond producers express concern that limits on bee movements could jeopardise millions of dollars’ worth of fruit, authorities remain optimistic about eliminating the varroa mite in NSW. Since the mite was discovered for the first time at the Port of Newcastle on June 22, about 19 contaminated properties have been […]

2022-07-07

Veracruz Almonds Goes for Blockchain Traceability

Article by: Hari Yellina Following the use of blockchain at their award-winning plantations in Idanha-a-Nova and Fundo, Portugal, Veracruz Almonds is leading the way in food traceability. This comes as the almond grower aims to boost its exports to UK and European distributors and suppliers. Veracruz will be able to track the whole lifetime of […]

2022-06-13

NEWS

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 […]

2021-12-24

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 […]

2021-12-03

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 […]

2021-10-06

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 […]

2021-10-05