Overview Australian ginger, though available all throughout the country, is widely produced in Queensland. Furthermore, processed ginger is oftentimes used in beverages in minced or candied form. However, the majority of these fresh imports to Australia are widely processed without entering the fresh supply chain. Most importantly, Fijian ginger has also been recently granted acess […]2020-11-12
Overview Australia possesses a small but growing garlic industry. Nevertheless, most of the supply is accumulated by imports from other regions. The countries that provide the garlic supply are China, Africa, Taiwan, New Zealand and the USA. This necessary vegetable can be identified as a close relative of onions, leeks and chives. When it comes […]2020-11-12
Overview Fresh herbs, including parsley, are predominantly grown in almost all states of Australia. They are specially grown in market gardens near the major capitals. In the present times, increasing volumes are being grown in high-tech greenhouses all year long. Types of Herbs Lemon Myrtle Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is originally a Queensland Rainforest tree so they […]2020-10-30
Overview Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare) is a perennial that grows to 2 metres or more, and at least 50cm across. The leaf has a strong anise scent and flavour, and the buttery yellow flowers appear in summer and autumn. The more common green fennel is a noxious weed in some regions so it should not be planted. The […]2020-10-30
The future of stone fruit growers hangs in the balance due to the ongoing wrath of the pandemic. The stone fruit growers, located in Australia, are facing rigorous situations as they might have to pull out some of their trees to COVID 19. This because the ongoing pandemic is causing the air freight costs to increase exponentially, while it dangerously tosses and turns the future of the export markets.
Farmers that are growing the full range of stone fruits are living in the wrath of limited access to air freight. In combination with this, they are also wary of the surging costs that have the potential to place an excessive financial burden on the growers. Many growers have complained that the onset of the pandemic forced markets to close and limited the air services.
The latest USDA report is predicting a 17 per cent fall in the export of peaches and nectarines for the coming season. In this report, it has been pinpointed that the Government’s International Freight Assistance Mechanism program is attempting to support the exporters by securing air freight space. However, the projected freight costs for exporters are more than double the prices before COVID 19. Apart from the challenges posed by the air freight, the labour available for the upcoming harvest was also a dire problem.
Even though growers are working hard to alter their freight strategies by supplying more produce through high waters in the ongoing season, some of the produce, like white peaches, are perishable and not suited for the long high-water journeys.
These peaches are usually headed for the profitable Chinese markets and thus need to reach the destined country at a faster rate. In fact, these peaches are grown to travel by air freight. The option of charter flights have also been considered, but it is not applicable as the charges are costly. Nonetheless, Peter Wahlquist, owner of Pelamis Group, has been trying to chalk out options for fast shipping and the wrath of the pandemic. Their ships are relatively quick and can transport many goods in a shorter period. Therefore, even though growers have to stand the test of time, they are trying their best to rise above the hurdles presented to them.
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 […]