Posts tagged "Australia"

Japanese shipment full of ‘stink bugs’ a biosecurity risk

[15 February/The Country] Federated Farmers has called on the Ministry for Primary Industries to hold firm on a shipment which had been previously turned away from the Ports of Auckland. The ship was deemed a biosecurity risk after over 100 brown marmorated stink bugs were found. It was carrying vehicles from Japan and has subsequently...

Onion breeding station opened in Pukekohe

[19 February/The Country] An Onion Breeding Station worth $2 million was opened in Pukekohe earlier this month. The facility has state-of-the-art sheds, crop covers and irrigation systems. It supports key markets which include Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Brazil. Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Global Breeding Director for Large Seed/Root & Bulb/Brassica crops, Dr Yossi Shapiro,...

US dairy sees ‘strong advocate’ in nominee Gregg Doud as USTR chief agricultural negotiator

[6 February/ Dairy Reporter] The US Dairy Exporters Council and National Milk Producers Federation have both urged the US Senate to swiftly approve the nomination by the Trump Administration of Gregg Doud to the role of Chief Agricultural Negotiator in the Office of the US Trade Representative.  Mr Doud’s nomination has been on hold since...

China deal puts SPC back on front foot

[19 January/ Australian Financial Review] Australia’s largest fruit and vegetable processor, SPC Ardmona, is showing a positive outlook as it pursues growth in new markets and through new channels.  The Coca- Cola Amatil owned business is expected to enter into an arrangement with a Chinese based distribution partner to take Goulburn Valley packaged fruit into...

Bunnings to pull Yates pesticide allegedly linked to bee deaths

[14 January/ Stuff Business] Bunnings stores across Australia and New Zealand will cease stocking the Yates Confidor product by the end of this year, given concerns that the pesticide contributes to affecting the navigation and immune systems of bees.  The company acknowledges that decision was based on precaution rather than scientific evidence, with a spokesperson...

Airbnb-style sites offering Aussie farms to camp out

[20 August/Straits Times] The latest disruption to the travel industry in Australia involves farmers renting out spare bits of their land to holiday on, allowing tourists access to Australia’s vast and empty rural areas and providing farmers with an income boost. Airbnb style sites are offering 40 hectares of land plots for as little as...