News & events
Agriculture Victoria recently tested a new portable handheld infrared meter (HIKARi 16) that non-destructively measures sugar levels in fresh cherries. Comparisons were made with a refractometer that requires destruction of the fruit to obtain a juice sample. Laboratory results
showed that the infrared HIKARi 16 was reasonably accurate and has the potential to replace a refractometer.
“Chemical Use for Export Toolkit”: Helping Cherry, Summerfruit, and Table Grape Growers Realise Export Aspirations
The Victorian Government is supporting cherry, summerfruit and table grape growers across the state to realise their export market aspirations by building capacity and managing supply chain risks.
Minister for Agriculture Mary-Anne Thomas announced this project as part of the first tranche of the Food to Market program to support projects that will add value to food grown and processed in Victoria.
Read about the new MRL project to help growers comply with international MRLs (funded by Agriculture Victoria), growing white cherries, pollination and much more!
See the Industry Advice Notice for more information
Researchers at Agriculture Victoria look at new sensor and traceability technologies
Agriculture Victoria Research (AVR) demonstrate the benefits of using real-time data loggers and new sensor technologies to monitor the export cool chain. Minimising temperature fluctuations and streamlining the supply chain will improve the quality and consistency of Victorian grown cherries in South East Asian markets.
Monitoring ambient temperatures in export consignments for fresh cherries has never been easier, thanks to the development in real-time data loggers over the past five to ten years.
2021 export workshops
Export workshops for new and experienced growers and packers will be held in June. Read more
April newsletter out now
Read about export workshops, frost fans, legislation, IP and more
Read about the upcoming MRL workshops, export workshop and other industry news
Big Victorian Harvest
Want to try something new this year and help take on the Big Victorian Harvest?
Seasonal farm work is available across regional Victoria.
For details about the $2,430 Seasonal Harvest Sign on Bonus and how to find your harvest job, head to agriculture.vic.gov.au/ big harvest