Oceania

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Department of Primary Industries senior regional horticulture climate adaptation officer Sam Lolicato said causes included rising temperature and solar radiation levels as well as some modern production techniques, such as thinning canopies to improve light penetration, colour development and yields. Mr Lolicato said many fruit-producing trees in northern Victoria were growing close to the upper [...]

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Goulburn Valley tomato growers say they are interested in joining a cooperative which will take over the Heinz factory at Girgarre. The newly formed Goulburn Valley Food Action Committee is hoping to create a cooperative between growers, factory workers and the community to keep the factory operating. Heinz will close the factory, near Shepparton, by [...]

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Post image for Fruit and vegeable growers have been told not to apologise for high produce prices because the cost is out of their control.

The message was delivered by Horticulture New Zealand president Andrew Fenton at the group’s annual conference in Rotorua on Tuesday. The conference was told that while prices are usually high in winter, they’re even higher this year because of bad weather in Australia and New Zealand, the rise in GST and high on-farm costs. Mr [...]

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BOOSTING quality would give fruit and vegetable growers a better financial result than growing bigger quantities. Department of Primary Industries plant physiology senior research scientist Rod Jones said most fresh produce was sold on a commodity basis, when it needed a point of difference to distinguish it from the growing range of imports. Dr Jones [...]

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FONTERRA Cooperative Group Ltd, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, has sold 300 million yuan (US$46.3 million) of bonds in Hong Kong in the first offering of dim sum debt by a non-financial company based in Australia or New Zealand. HSBC Holdings Plc managed the sale and Fonterra will use the proceeds to fund its business [...]

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WEST Australian Premier Colin Barnett says the federal government should get live cattle shipments to Indonesia under way as soon as possible so pastoralists don’t have to cull. Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig announced yesterday that a ban on live exports had been lifted. It was imposed a month ago amid concerns over the brutal [...]

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Northland family food budgets are being hit hard by the knock-on effects of floods in Queensland this year, resulting in fruit and vegetable prices some shoppers are labelling “daylight robbery”. Staff in the produce departments of supermarkets are also feeling the effects as customers vent their exasperation and demand to know why prices have shot [...]

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Many Australian orange growers fear being squeezed out of the industry by the high Australian dollar and an oversupply of fruit. The national industry’s peak body says prices have dropped so low that growers are not covering the cost of production, and that most of this year’s harvest could be left to rot on the [...]

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THE Federal Opposition will establish a working group to investigate options for sharpening rules governing the sale of Australian agricultural land and agribusinesses, to foreign entities.The Opposition says government policy must ensure foreign farmland acquisitions are undertaken in Australia’s national interest while maintaining food security into the future.But it also says continuing foreign investment is [...]

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Prices for cotton powered to a new post-Reconstruction Era high for the second consecutive day. Deadly floods in major grower Australia have stoked fears that the country’s growers will be unable to meet their contract obligations, pushing prices even higher. Benchmark cotton futures touched $US1.6789 a pound during intraday trading overnight. This is the highest [...]

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A CLEARER picture has emerged of the billions of dollars that will be lost to the Queensland and Australian economies due to Central Queensland’s devastating floods. Production has come to a halt or slowed at dozens of mines in the region, costing tens of millions of dollars each day, while the cost to Queensland’s agricultural [...]

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Tasmanian consumers have been warned to expect a sharp rise in the cost of fruit and vegetables as a result of the flooding in Queensland. Floodwaters have wiped out several crops; bananas, mangoes and pumpkin are expected to cost up to four times as much from next week. While consumers will pay more at the [...]

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FRUIT growers in flood ravaged central Queensland are facing the possibility of millions of dollars in losses as they struggle to find a way to get their produce to southern markets. About $4 million worth of pineapples are stranded in the Rockhampton area after floodwaters cut road access to the south of the city. Around [...]

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QUEENSLAND is bracing for more disaster as the worst floods in two decades continue to wreak havoc, cutting off supply lines and leaving more than 200,000 people affected across an area larger than Germany and Poland. With the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton expected to peak at 9.4 metres tomorrow, the town was cut off from [...]

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