Home' Grower : April 2011 Contents The South Australian Grower -- April 2011
Weather fails to dampen flow of produce
have always played a
pivotal role in the
supply of fresh produce and
this was apparent in early
February as Cyclone Yasi
devastated the majority of
Queensland's Banana pro-
The effects of this natural
disaster were evident in the
Adelaide Produce Market
when Queensland 'drowned fruit' supplies
were depleted, leaving only New South
Wales and unaffected areas of Queensland
to supply fruit.
In South Australia, apple and pear har vest-
ing continued with numerous new season
varieties on offer. duchess (williams) pears
are in good supply this year with beurre
bosc and red sensation also on offer. New
season royal gala, red and golden
delicious, granny Smith and
jonathan apples are available on
the market floor.
Increased supplies of South
Australian-grown dark figs have
also been seen. Supplies will
increase further as the season pro-
Australian-grown grapes also
dominated the fruit section, with
choices of light and dark varieties,
and Australian-grown rockmelons and seed-
less watermelons are in plentiful supply.
SA-grown yellow and white flesh nec-
tarines and peaches continued to be avail-
able last month, with a good supply of vari-
ous plum varieties flowing through the mar-
In the vegetable lines, SA-grown loose
cauliflowers and Victorian-grown cauliflow-
ers in cartons were in short supply for a
time, but with additional supplies arriving
from Virginia, the situation will improve.
Victorian, South Australian and
Tasmanian-grown broccoli experienced
another rollercoaster ride.
South Australian-grown Continental
cucumbers were in good supply, with red
and green capsicums taking turns in variable
Some exotic fresh produce lines available
in March were: SA/Vic-grown apple
cucumbers, SA-grown white zucchinis, SA-
grown okra, Australian-grown garlic, very
light supplies of fresh gherkins, SA-grown
Details: If you would like further information on the
movement of fruit and vegetables or wish to sub-
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Wendy Helps 08 8349 4493 or 0419 814 948 or
SA apples are in plentiful supply at the
AUSVEG facilitated 10 potato grower
meetings around Australia in March --
including two in South Australia at Murray
Bridge and Mount Gambier -- led by Doris
Blaesing and David Beardsell.
The meetings were set up to discuss the
draft PCN National Management Plan,
with input from growers and industry rep-
Potato cyst nematode is a disease that has
the potential to do critical harm to the
Australian potato industr y if not properly
Especially difficult to detect, PCN is
already prevalent in certain parts of the
country, and the implementation of a
national plan is imperative.
The plan aims to develop a set of guide-
lines mandating testing for the disease to
ensure that it is found and managed to limit
The meetings provided growers with a
crucial avenue to have input in and help
contribute to the plan.
The main point of discussion for growers
in these meetings was the effect that it
would have on their on-farm livelihoods.
Almost 200 people attended the national
meetings, indicating that there is a need for
a plan such as this to be introduced.
Issues raised at each of the meetings are
now being reviewed. The aim will be to
ensure that comments and recommenda-
tions are taken into account in the final
development of the plan by the Federal
It is the objective of AUSVEG to ensure a
positive and sensible outcome for growers
around the country.
With the AUSVEG National Convention,
Trade Show and Awards for Excellence
completed for 2011, the wheels are now in
motion to arrange the 2012 National
Arranging an event of this magnitude
would not have been possible without the
support AUSVEG received during the past
year from our leading strategic partners:
Elders, DuPont, Syngenta, and Bayer
Growers develop management
PCN national plan to be drafted
Testing guidelines developed
Review process under way
AT A GLANCE
Organic standard launched: The new Australian Certified Organic Standard 2010 (ACOS) has been
launched by Biological Farmers of Australia Ltd, Australia's peak member-owned organic body. The
long-anticipated standard brings clarity and updated requirements to new and emerging organic
sectors including cosmetics, forestry, ethical trade organic, pet food, fibres and aquaculture
production providing consumers with the benefit of confidence of organic integrity in these and
traditional organic sectors. Standards convenor and director for the BFA, Andrew Monk said: "The
launch of ACOS 2010 [the updated version to the Australian Organic Standard 2006] is significant
because it is the most used and referred to standard in Australia.
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