Oceania

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China’s hunger for all forms of raw commodities is expected to underpin a 6.5 per cent surge in Australia’s agricultural export earnings to $34.6 billion this financial year. It comes after the value of Australian agricultural exports to China soared 32 per cent in 2010-11, on top of a 19 per cent gain the previous [...]

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Post image for Intensive farming is found to be better than organic methods for protecting the environment

ORGANIC farming can be less effective at protecting wildlife than intensive methods, according to research that undermines its claim to be the most environmentally friendly form of agriculture. Farming systems such as organic that seek to share land between crops and wildlife inflict greater damage on biodiversity than conventional approaches that maximise crop yields, a [...]

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Post image for Farm life is sweet as bumper mango harvest looms

Northern Territory mango growers are about to start picking what is being hailed as the largest crop in more than seven years. The Territory Mango Growers Association says farmers are hoping to produce around 4.2 million trays this year, two million more than last year. Barry Albrecht from Arnhem Mangos says it will be a [...]

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Post image for Growers warn bad apples could spoil whole industry

THE Gillard government has been accused of abandoning Australian apple and pear farmers by giving New Zealand the green light to import apples into the country. The government yesterday lifted a long-held ban on the importation of New Zealand apples, opening up the domestic market to a new competitor and, it is argued, the incursion [...]

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An organisation representing New Zealand fruit growers says it probably will not seek markets in Tasmania if the ban on apple imports is lifted. Biosecurity Australia gave the go-ahead for the importation of New Zealand apples to Australia yesterday. The Tasmanian Government says it is investigating ways to oppose the importation of New Zealand apples [...]

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Post image for Hawaii’s genetically modified papayas attacked

Thousands of papaya trees were chopped down on 10 acres of Big Island farmland under the cover of night last month. Hawaii County police said the destruction appeared to be done with a machete, but there are no leads and few clues beyond the tree stumps and all the fruit left to rot. “It’s hard [...]

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There is growing concern among Victorian pear growers about the possibility of the disease, fire blight, entering the country. Biosecurity Australia has approved apple imports from New Zealand, under specific certain quarantine measures. Fruit growers are concerned the measures do not go far enough. Gary Godwill grows pears in Shepparton and says the the industry [...]

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Post image for Authorities team up to battle looming mouse plague

A NATIONAL working group has been established to co-ordinate preparations for and response to what is expected to be a continuation of Australia’s worst mouse plague in living memory. A plague is likely to emerge in late spring and into the coming summer, based on the latest reports from various state government authorities. With support [...]

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Post image for Who Controls Our Seed And Therefore, Our Food And Farming?

Increasingly, big corporations are taking control over Seed! 64 years after India attained its Independence, not many might remember the insidious ways in which colonization of this country actually took place, to gradually subjugate our communities in a variety of ways. Not many might recall the East India Company making commerce and trade the means [...]

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Post image for Foreign farm labour changing the face of rural Australia

THE image of the sun-bronzed Australian farmer may be fading with agricultural workers increasingly likely to be from Estonia, Taiwan and Korea than the Outback as the labour crisis hits the sector. Current estimates put at around 100,000 the number of jobs vacant on Australian farms, a gap caused by the massive wages available in [...]

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Post image for High dollar hinders crop sales

A SOARING Australian dollar has resulted in lower prices for both old and new-crop grains and oilseeds. Last week, the London-based International Grains Council reported the world was expected to produce an extra 8 million tonnes of wheat in the 2011-12 season. This is higher owing to better crops in the Black Sea region. Larger [...]

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GRAINS Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) chairman, Keith Perrett, has added his voice to the chorus of scientists and farm groups denouncing suggestions that genetically modifed (GM) wheat is unwelcome in Australia, and floundering in North America. GRDC invested $5.3 million into GM wheat research last financial year, or about 3.7 percent of its annual [...]

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Post image for Indonesia bans Australian horses

INDONESIA has temporarily banned the import of horses from Australia due to an outbreak there of the deadly Hendra virus. A spokeswoman for animal husbandry at the agriculture ministry said today’s ban followed recommendations by animal health experts. Tjahjani said the decision will be re-evaluated every six months. Indonesia imports dozens of horses from Australia, [...]

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Post image for U.S. sells first cherries to Western Australia

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the North American country made its first ever shipments of cherries to Western Australia (WA) this month. In a Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) report, the USDA claimed it was the first fresh U.S. fruit to gain access to the state’s market, arriving Jul. 13. Californian [...]

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