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Grower article queried
IWRITE on behalf of the industry to
express significant concern on some of
the inference and information published
in your most recent edition of the South
The concerns raised by our Regional
Council are around the following:
1. Your article entitled Rising salinity for
Adelaide Plains growers affects their crop
viability. We find this article to be misin-
formed and inferring a widespread problem
because of a lack of good farming practices.
As the peak body for horticulture, we thor-
oughly refute this position. By far the great-
est majority of Adelaide Plains growers are
exceptional farmers and are very effectively
managing their soil, soil structure and any
salinity issues that may arise. Additionally,
the growers on the Adelaide Plains are well
informed and regularly access nationally
recognised training to ensure they keep
abreast of national and international trends
in soil management.
Over recent years there have been three
projects funded on the Adelaide Plains that
have worked with a very small number of
growers and achieved little to say the least.
We can only assume this is the limited
source of your information.
Can you please advise the source of your
quote "The NRM Board says soil in the area
(Adelaide Plains) is being degraded after
years of mismanagement" as the industry
would like to take this issue to task.
2. Industry statistics SA. Can you please
advise the source of these statistics as they
grossly understate the value of the industr y.
The PIRSA Scorecard is currently being
updated but the last edition quotes a farm
gate value of $95 million from Northern
Adelaide of which 78 per cent (or $74.1
million) is derived from horticulture.
Of the horticulture contribution, toma-
toes made up 26pc (or $19.26m),
Cucumbers 22pc (or $16.3m) and
Capsicums approx 12pc (or $8.8m).
Even if one uses the 1997 figure attributed
to us and quoted by Wally Sparrow ($
92m), easy mathematics positions your
statewide values as grossly understated.
Horticulture Australia Limited places hor-
ticulture as the third largest and fastest
growing agriculture industry in Australia
and attributes a Gross Value of Production
of almost $ 7 billion (without winegrapes)
to Australian horticulture.
What is the source of the information
quoted in the Grower (September edition)?
3. Your article entitled Disease problems
which too briefly states "growers in the
Virginia area have recently struggled with
tobacco mosaic virus". Again this is an
extremely general statement and does not
attribute the information to any reliable
source. This article has the possibility of
impacting on businesses on the Adelaide
Plains and does not describe the manage-
ment practices employed by the good and
precessional growers to effectively manage
disease problems of all sorts.
Chief Executive Officer Grow SA
Mr Redmond has had his queries
answered personally by our Editor In Chief.
Letter to the editor
Ring 1800 194 131
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