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The South Australian Grower -- July 2010
Hydroponic Farmers Federation Conference
Drip irrigation evaluation workshop
Details: Noel Johnston 08 8582 4477
Global Citrus Conference
Details: Elize Noel firstname.lastname@example.org
Greenhouse soil workshop
North Adelaide Plain
July 14 - Cambodian interpreter present
July 16 - Vietnamese interpreter present
Details: Anthony Fox 08 8523 7718, 0417 890 765
Salinity management workshop
Details: Noel Johnston 08 8582 4477
A practical guide to rural land management
Details: Georgina Keynes 08 8526 7719, 0412 701 569 or
Organic Farming Practices course
Details: Melanie Bullers 08 8389 6166, 0408 000 842 or
US stone fruit
By ASHLEY WALMSLEY
UNCLE Sam's push to get
stone fruit onto the
Australian market may be
just what local growers need if
it were to take a feather out of
Although something of a hard-
to-swallow message for many in
the room, delegates at the
National Low Chill Stone Fruit
Conference in Ballina, New
Sout Wales, recently were told
that American imports could be
the boost for the industry.
Among the speakers on the
first day of the three-day event
was managing director and
founder of Flourish Marketing,
New Zealand, Sue Knowles,
She has been involved with
the California Tree Fruit com-
pany which sends peaches,
plums and nectarines to New
Zealand in winter, outside of
the local season.
She said since the first imports
in 1994, volumes of fruit going
into the country have steadily
"Given New Zealanders have a
true love and appreciation of
their own local stone fruit in
summer, it has really taken some-
thing to convert Kiwis' approach
to appreciating and loving stone
fruit in winter," she said.
An important part of the
import program involved com-
munity support promotions
and ideas, such as the Let's get
active schools program which
saw members of the All Black
rugby union team conduct
sports training in schools and
encourage healthy eating.
Darryl Barbour, Biosecurity
Ser vices Group, Canberra,
detailed the Import Risk Analysis
which, in March this year, rec-
ommended the importation of
stone fruit from California,
Washington, subject to a raft of
He also said Biosecurity
Australia was considering
access requests from both
China and Japan, while also
assessing export opportuni-
ties for stone fruit to the
United States, New Zealand,
China, Taiwan and Japan.
But there could be a bigger
hurdle for American exporters
sending their fruit Down
Under than just freight costs.
California Tree Fruit
Company director of market-
ing Gordon Smith told dele-
gates maintaining fruit quality
over the journey was one con-
cern. But he admitted that
local loyalty was very strong.
"Australians, like Americans,
are very loyal. So if you offer
people an American peach and
an Australian peach, they're
going to go for the Australian
peach every time," he said.
More than 100 people
attended the conference,
which included a field trip to
various orchards inspecting
farm machinery, demonstra-
tions and examples of hail
Low Chill delivers cold
Consumer loyalty strong
AT A GLANCE
Flourish Marketing managing director Sue Knowles told National
Low Chill Stone Fruit Conference delegates how consumption of
stone fruit in New Zealand has increased since American imports
began in 1994.
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