News & events
Posted Friday, 5 January 2018
Rain dampens record crop predictions
Cherry Growers Australia president Tom Eastlake says pre-harvest predictions of a record national crop have been curtailed by large amounts of unseasonal rain across growing areas, but this year’s crop is still expected to be bigger than last year’s, which was two-thirds down on the previous year. “We are unsure as to whether we will see a record, but we expect significant volumes of cherries to satisfy demand,” he told The Weekly Times. “Saying that, we have seen prices steady and firm since the recent weather events and we expect that to continue.”
Source: The Weekly Times
Posted Monday, 27 November 2017
The Federal Government has struck a deal to allow fresh cherries from Australia’s mainland to be airfreighted to China. The move, announced as part of market access reforms that will also see Australian peaches, plums and apricots gain access to the lucrative Chinese market, is considered a major win for the industry. Changes to fumigation requirements mean cherries from mainland Australia can potentially be on Chinese supermarket shelves within 48 to 72 hours of harvest. While Australian cherries have had access to China since 2013, only Tasmanian cherries could be airfreighted, due to fruit fly concerns.
Posted Friday, 24 November 2017
The Horticulture Code is a mandatory code of conduct that aims to create transparency around the grower-trader relationship and establish fair dispute resolution mechanisms in the horticulture industry.
There have been recent changes to the Code that strengthens the protection it provides. As a grower, you need to know how the changes affect you and what your rights and obligations are under the Code.
Posted Wednesday, 11 October 2017
Vietnam’s finalized protocol for Australian cherry imports has given growers what they were hoping for, recognizing two key growing regions as pest-free areas (PFA) while allowing for irradiation or cold disinfestation treatment for fruit from other parts of the country.
Posted Wednesday, 4 October 2017
Posted Tuesday, 3 October 2017
CGA has contracted the National Residue Service (Department of Agriculture and Water Resources) to provide export maximum residue level testing (MRLs) for the cherry industry. MRLs change frequently and this will ensure growers will have the most up to date information at all times. Testing costs are also very competitively priced.
Posted Tuesday, 3 October 2017
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Posted Friday, 15 September 2017
Australia’s vast continent, regional environmental conditions and significant commitment and investment to the effective management of Mediterranean fruit fly and Queensland Fruit Fly provides for internationally recognised fruit fly pest free areas to facilitate trade of horticultural commodities susceptible to these pests. To watch the short video produced by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, follow the Find out More link which will take you to YouTube.
Posted Wednesday, 6 September 2017
$3.8 million in competitive grants funding for innovative climate change mitigation and adaptation projects across Victoria, with a focus on regional areas. Successful projects will receive $50,000-$300,000 in funding.
Projects could include:
- on farm water/solar/pump tech innovations
- weather station warning networks, soil moisture probes - to warn against local climate thresholds, avoid nitrogen when soils watelogged (nitrous oxide benefits etc)
- innovations that reduce soil erosion/soil carbon losses or grow it
- innovative use of agri-waste to provide local heat/energy solutions
- livestock data systems that reduce turnoff times
- maybe fund deployment/pilot of some equipment or tech that complements existing projects
or any project with an adaptation component, or emissions reduction focus - or both!
Posted Friday, 1 September 2017
After the good news that Vietnam will be improving its import protocols for Australian cherries ahead of the 2017-18 season, preliminary crop forecasts are looking very positive too.