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Slashers & mowers
Companies, activists punishing industry
By RICHARD MULCAHY,
chief executive officer
AS many people are aware, Golden
Circle has recently announced that it is
moving its beetroot production plant
from Northgate, in Brisbane, to its New
Zealand facility at Hastings.
The decision is extremely
disappointing because it will cost
Australian growers their livelihoods.
The reason given by Golden Circle's
parent company, Heniz Australia, was
the significant labour costs in Australia
compared with competitor countries.
It is unfortunate to see this trend
becoming more and more appealing to
companies to set up offshore facilities
at the expense of local growers and
Heinz has announced that 160 jobs
will be lost at the Northgate plant, 146
at Girgarre, northern Victoria, and 38 at
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.
It has been reported that workers will
start to lose their jobs from November at
Northgate once the beetroot season ends.
The relocation of an Australian
production plant offshore is a reminder
of the increasing pressures on the
horticulture industry at the moment, with
Australian vegetable growers already
under significant pressure to remain
viable with the increase in imports from
overseas and rising input costs.
In 2009, McCain's was forced to shut
its vegetable processing plant in
Smithton, Tasmania, citing trouble
competing with international producers.
In the same year, Berri Juice factory in
the Riverland, South Australia, shut its
doors, putting 64 Australian workers out
of a job and production was moved
It's important consumers make sure
they are buying Australian-grown
produce when shopping. In choosing
Australian produce, they will be
guaranteed a safe and healthy product,
supporting a hardworking industry that
builds the nation's food security.
Safe and healthy Australian produce has
a reputation that some extremist groups
have also tried to undermine lately.
The National Toxics Network has once
again tried to pull the wool over the
eyes of Australian consumers, quoting
chemicals banned in Europe that are
still registered for use in Australia.
Conveniently, the NTN chose to omit
key information: of the 80 chemicals
'banned' in Europe, the majority of
these were withdrawn from the testing
phase as the cost of researching new
residue data greatly outweighed the
potential sales of the product.
The NTN also forgot to mention that
20 of the banned chemicals were still
available in one or more of the
I'm bewildered NTN can claim Europe
as the forefront of world quality
assurance. Might I remind them of the
e.coli outbreak that has taken the lives
of dozens of people and made
thousands more sick. A full debunk of
the NTN's claims can be found on the
RURAL Press machinery writer GRAHAM FULLER
looks at a selction of mowers suited to orchards and
small area allotments.
Grass to graft no problem
THE impressive Japanese Razorback ride-on brushcutter appealed to Mount
Barney-based Wayne Jurd who checked out its fiercesome-looking steel
blades that can sythe through grass to sizeable lantana with, unusually,
drive via a PTO shaft, rather than belts to enhance cutting performance.
Honda looks on sunnyside
THE wet summer looks to have contributed to
a record-breaking sales year for Honda Power
Equipment, according to national sales
manager, Ray Briffa. The company says it
experienced "significant growth" across it
garden-care products during the Japanese
financial year which runs from April 2010
to March 2011, driven largely by an
increase in annual sales of hedgecutters (up 15 per cent), blowers
and brushcutters (up 10pc), and lawnmowers (up 4.1pc). Mr Briffa
said a number of factors contributed to the milestone, including
consumer demand for cleaner and more efficient engine
technology. "Customers are now actively seeking four-stroke engines because
of the environmental advantages and convenience they offer," he said.
Garry Ridden was
highlighting this Swisher
engine -- electric start, plus
handy off-set adjustment --
at the recent Farmfest field
days in Queensland. A
show-stopping deal at the
event saw the 113-
centimetre wide trailed
mower being offered free
with any purchase of its
Ranger fleet -- an initiative
Test run for mowers
Put your feet up
DID you know that Husqvarna offers the possibility of
controlling a lawn mower using an iPhone with time-
challenged users merely sending a text message to
the SIM card housed inside its 260 ACX Automower,
ready for it to respond to a range of pre-
programmed commands. Irrespective of the weather,
or the hour of day, this nifty-looking innovation will
start up, mow and return to its charging unit while
the owner concentrates on the BBQ.
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