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Rick said, particularly since the
introduction of the new
Horticulture Industry Award,
which includes penalty rates for
Rick employs up to 20
people at a time during picking
and pruning. Sourcing labour is
difficult, and he relies heavily
on backpackers during picking.
Pr uning requires skilled
workers, as all pruning is done
by hand, and incorrect pruning
can significantly affect fruit size
and quality, or even take a tree
out of production for several
Rick hopes that recent
changes to water licensing
arrangements will not result in
his allocations being cut, but
knows he will have to bear the
cost of metering, which
amounts to $10,000.
Dr ury Orchards sources all of
its water from bores and dams
located on the property, and
uses less than 0.5 megalitres of
water per hectare of orchard.
"We made a conscious
decision to plant the property
out, and now we have to ration
water to the trees unless we get
rain during the growing
season," Rick said.
"In this way, our trees have
become a little bit drought
tolerant. It goes to show that
you can grow fruit with less
water if you have to."
Imports pose a significant
threat to local producers, with
China already importing pears
to Australia, and both New
Zealand and the United States
knocking on the door, despite
Australian growers producing
enough fruit to meet demand.
Australian growers must
ensure they are growing a good
product, and work to maintain
the country's clean-and-green
image, in order to compete
with cheap imports.
"We need to promote that
we are Australian," Rick said.
"We are hoping that consumers
will be loyal, and it is just a
matter of whether supermarkets
will back us."
Details: Drury Orchards 08 8380 5301
Growers with lifelong passion
HARRY Drury (pictured, right, with son
Rick) is already planning celebrations
for his 90th birthday next year.
The World War II veteran has spent
his life building up his family's
horticulture business with wife Di,
after refusing to go to high school
because he "wanted to help Dad grow
Harry, whose biography is being
written by a local author and historian,
received an Order of Australia Medal
last year for service to his local
He still works at Drury Orchards, now
run by his son Rick and daughter-in-
law Rosemary, and is kept busy in the
packing shed with the company's
state-of-the-art computerised pear
grader and new flow wrap machine.
Harry has seen the number of fruit
growers in his local area decline from
almost 50 down to just four. His
biggest concern for the industry is the
threat from imported fruit, and he
hopes South Australian growers will be
able to compete with imports and
"South Australia grows some of the
best produce in the world," Harry said.
"Growers here know what they are
doing and are very professional. I
would like to see those growers be
able to enjoy what I and my family
have enjoyed over the last 60 years.
This industry has been good to us."
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