Monthly Archives: October 2015

Australia ranks number one with the most organically farmed land in the world

As the world population continues to grow, Australia could capitalise on organic export markets, says Bond University sustainability professor Tor Hundloe. He has been investigating Australia’s role in feeding the world, with the global population predicted to hit 9.7 billion in 2050. Through his most recent research he discovered Australia had the most organically farmed… Read more »

AU gov postpones biosecurity, export restructure

It is a time of uncertainty for Australian fruit and vegetable growers as the wait to find out how much they will be charged for export certification and biosecurity service has been moved by the federal government from November 1 to December 1 this year. However, the final cost-recovery implementation statements for biosecurity and export… Read more »

Australian export plan delayed

New fee system for biosecurity and certification will now be implemented in December Small-scale Australian horticultural producers and exporters could feel the pinch from a proposed restructure of the country’s export certification and biosecurity costs, according to David Minnis, chairman of the Australian Horticulture Exporters Association. The Australian Government has moved the start date for the… Read more »

India imports 3,000 tonnes of lentils to meet shortfall

New Delhi: The Indian Government has announced importing another 3,000 tonnes of food-grain due to acute shortage of pluses that has increased prices around 15% in the country. A high-level meeting chaired by federal government Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha and secretaries of consumer affairs, agriculture and commerce ministries took the decision to import additional… Read more »

An apple a day would do wonders for Aus industry

Australian apple growers are congratulating Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce on his decision to endorse International Eat an Apple a Day. “If the majority of Australians were to eat an Australian grown apple on ‘international eat an apple day’ then our industry would likely seen an instant impact from that,” said Baden Ribbon, Sales… Read more »

Hybrid custard apple gives export hope

NEW DELHI: India is looking at the Chinese market to push its new variety of custard apple (Sharifa or Sitaphal) which despite being quite high on nutritional value and having a higher shelf life compared to the traditional variety could not become a popular export earlier. India had requested China to give export clearance to… Read more »

Hope for food manufacturing revival as exports jump

The Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) annual ‘state of the industry report’ says a nearly 30 per cent increase in food exports was largely driven by high demand for Australian beef. AFGC chief executive, Gary Dawson said a more favourable exchange rate has been an enormous help for exporters, but the opening up of… Read more »

Federal Government trade inquiry urges departments to involve horticulture industry in breaking down trade barriers

A Federal Government inquiry has urged the Departments of Agriculture and Trade to involve the horticulture industry in opening up doors to increase export trade. The report on the inquiry into business use of Free Trade Agreements has been tabled in Federal Parliament making 14 recommendations. It says “the Department of Agriculture should continue negotiating with trading… Read more »

Shanghai showcase for Aus farms

AUSTRALIAN farmland and related investment opportunities will be promoted in China during August at a major event in Shanghai. Landmark Harcouts is taking its Connect with Australia property showcase to China to provide a platform for potential investors to make direct contact with Australian producers of beef, grains, fibre, dairy and horticulture in a bid… Read more »

Bumper chickpea crop looms

AUSTRALIAN growers are set to produce up to 80 per cent more chickpeas this year compared with 2014 on the back of historically high prices last year. And now the race is on to get Australian chickpea exports underway before domestic supply in India, the world’s largest producer, can replenish the low stocks currently keeping… Read more »

Prolonged Australian dry spell threatens agricultural output

A bout of hot, dry weather in Australia over the next three months is likely to exacerbate an expected downturn in agricultural output, with wheat and milk production most affected, analysts said on Wednesday. Nearly all of Australia’s east coast is likely to record below average rainfall until the end of the year, the Australian… Read more »

Major gains for Australian farmers in the world’s largest regional trade agreement

Australian farmers are set to gain major new market access for our agricultural products, after the Australian Government today agreed a historic new trade agreement with Asia-Pacific nations, the biggest ever of its kind. Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce, said the conclusion of negotiations for the Trans–Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) between Australia… Read more »

Sri Lanka: Fruit, vegetable exports can top US$ 1 billion

Sri Lanka could touch US$ one billion export mark in fruits and vegetables and all processed items with the high demand from China and the EU markets. But supply is not available cope with the demand, Lanka Fruits and Vegetable Producers and Exporters Association President Annas Junaid said. “Last year we exported US$ 350 million… Read more »

Australia questions India’s mandatory sugar export quota

NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 30: Australia has questioned India’s decision to make it mandatory for sugar millers to export 5 million tonnes during the 2015-16 sugar season (October-September). “Australia has (at a WTO meet) indicated that if India intends to carry out the mandated exports at a subsidized price, it has the potential to distort world… Read more »