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'Perfect timing' for a
review of citrus in SA
GROWERS have thrown their weight
behind the Citrus Industry
Development Board, according to a
recent sur vey.
"We've been quite active achieving positive
outcomes for the SA citrus industry and we
anticipate a review of the industry's structure
will reflect this," board chairman Peter Walker
"It is perfect timing (for a review). The board
recently undertook a sur vey of the State's citrus
growers, and the results showed over whelming
support among growers for the activities of the
board on behalf of the industry.
"Many of these activities would not be
possible without the legislative framework
provided by South Australia's Citrus
Industry Act 2005."
The sur vey asked SA citrus growers to indi-
cate which of the board's ser vices were
important to them. Mr Walker said sur vey
respondents represented more than half of
the citrus tonnage produced in the State.
More than 95 per cent of growers sur veyed
approved of the board's biosecurity ser vices,
and 98pc supported its activities to keep SA
and the Riverland free from fruit fly.
More than 88pc of growers rated the
board's export market development ser vices
as important, while 90pc supported its col-
lection and dissemination of information for
Other key findings of the sur vey included:
• 97pc of growers supported the board
ensuring all stakeholders across the citrus
industry supply chain contribute to indus-
try good activities.
• 93pc supported the board improving
awareness of research and development
outcomes benefiting the industr y, while
92pc supported work to influence research
priorities, programs and funding.
• 91pc supported the assistance with indus-
try development programs and training.
• 96pc supported the management of critical
issues affecting SA's citrus supply chain.
• 97pc supported participation in programs
to promote the health and nutrition
aspects of citrus.
• 94pc supported the utilisation of powers
under the Citrus Industry Act 2005 to
maintain an accurate database of all indus-
try stakeholders to support planning, mar-
keting and negotiations with government.
"The Act enables a number of Board func-
tions that benefit the whole industry and it
needs to be retained," Mr Walker said.
Details: Peter Walker 0411 601 315 or Andrew
Green 0418 804 368.
Support for Citrus Act
Approval for biosecurity
Board consults along valuechain
AT A GLANCE
GOLDEN Heights citrus grower Graham McInnes
(pictured), Waikerie, is reasonably optimistic
about this season's prospects.
"The market is looking quite good," he said.
"The main 'unknown' we have to consider is the
effect the strength of the Australian dollar will
have on our United States market. We will still be
exporting there, of course, and the strong dollar
does create one advantage in that freight costs
are lessened, but I think we'll definitely have to
consider alternative overseas markets to
counterbalance the fall predicted in the US."
So far as local markets are concerned, it will
be a matter of consumer acceptance and
"There is a strong move in marketing for
consumers to support local producers, and we
all hope that this trend continues," Graham said.
"Quality is good, although some citrus has a bit
of marking on the skin from battering by strong
winds. That makes no difference to the actual
fruit. When you think about it, avocadoes often
have slightly blemished skins but nobody minds --
the skins are just thrown away anyway, and it's
the same with citrus."
The main issues confronting citrus growers
remain the importation of fruit, particularly from
China, with chemical applications which need
extremely careful scrutiny, and the continuing
concern regarding water distribution.
"These issues are ongoing, and growers need
to maintain communication with Government to
ensure a satisfactory result for us both,"
Growers approach season with cautious optimism
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