Home' Grower : August 2011 Contents The South Australian Grower – August 2011
Stefano ‘face’ of
fruit fly adverts
ASINGLE piece of infested
fruit can destroy a region-
al community and a
national industr y worth hun-
dreds of millions of dollars,
according to Stefano de Pieri.
The renowned Mildura chef
and restaurateur has thrown his
weight behind a national cam-
paign to raise awareness about
fruit fly and the complicity of
human beings in starting fruit
Stefano has agreed to appear
on television, and press and
radio advertisements to raise
awareness about fruit fly.
Filming for TV took place at a
Sunraysia orchard, at a random
fruit fly inspection roadblock, and
at his world-acclaimed restaurant
at the Grand Hotel Mildura.
“I was happy to offer my serv-
ices to this campaign, because of
the importance of protecting
my community against fruit fly,
and protecting the reputation of
the Sunraysia – and other
regions in Australia’s Fruit Fly
Exclusion Zone – as a clean,
green producer of quality fruit
and vegetables,” Mr Pieri said.
“It only takes one person
bringing a piece of infested fruit
into Australia’s pristine fruit pro-
ducing areas to cause a devastat-
ing fruit fly outbreak.
“It’s not fruit fly that is the actu-
al danger to a region like the
Sunraysia, or the Riverland or the
Riverina. It’s human beings.
“Fruit flies can’t travel far on
their own. It’s human beings
who bring them into quarantine
areas, where they can devastate
local fruit industries and the
communities which rely upon
“There’s really no excuse for it.
All the major road approaches to
the quarantine areas have signs
Stefano de Pieri has agreed to appear on television, and press and
radio advertisements to raise awareness about fruit fly.
Carbon tax big impost for olive growers
THE Australian Olive Association has deep concerns
about the impact the Federal Government’s carbon tax
will have on the profitability and viability of growers.
Following the release of draft legislation, the
organisation’s chief executive officer Lisa Rowntree
said the new tax would weigh heavily on the industry.
“We are already fighting against a high dollar and the
‘unscrupulous behaviour’ of European traders,” she said.
“Our commitment to improved practices is really
genuine. But I am getting a real message that the
application of the new tax will affect essential supplies
growers use to produce olive oil, which could have the
potential to undermine viability.”
Ms Rowntree said the majority of commercial olive
orchards in Australia were irrigated with pumps either
powered by electricity or diesel generators. Producers
believed that an extra 10 per cent added to already
high electricity prices and the changes in diesel costs
would add significant pain to the bottomline of some
“Australia, due to its distance from overseas markets is
already at a geographic disadvantage,” she said. The
added imposts, together with uncertainties and
unanswered questions, have the capacity to further erode
our competitiveness and the ability of our local producers
to continue as viable employers,” she said.
that warn people not to carry
fruit and other produce into the
Zone. There are big fines that
apply if you get caught.”
Mr Pieri said people travelling
to lovely holiday destinations,
such as Sunraysia, Riverland or
Riverina, needed to understand
the devastation of a fruit fly out-
break. It did not just af fect fruit
growers, but entire communi-
ties and industries, regional
“It costs a lot of money to con-
tain and eradicate a fruit fly out-
break – a single outbreak can cost
up to $2 million to fix,” he said.
Need to know more?
Stefano de Pieri 0400 513 259, Tri
State Fruit Fly Committee chairman
Andrew Green 0418 820 209.
Price hikes to
❏ By RICHARD MULCAHY,
chief executive officer
THE Gillard government’s plan for a carbon tax is
likely to increase costs for Australian vegetable
and potato growers. While it presently excludes
agricultural emissions, growers will still face
hikes in of fuel for transport and power, leading
to higher retail prices for Australian consumers.
Electricity costs are expected to rise by
another 10 per cent, affecting growers who use
refrigeration and irrigation on their farms, and
those with pack houses on their properties.
The tax on fuel for heavy vehicle transport,
due to come into effect in 2014, will also
impact the livelihood of growers. Heavy vehicle
transport is vital to the horticulture industry
because growers need to get produce to markets
and distribution centres in a quick and efficient
manner or risk having it rejected.
Because of the perishable nature of vegetables
and potatoes, many growers use semi-trailers,
categorised as a heavy vehicle under the
proposed scheme, to distribute produce.
Increasing costs of transport will ultimately affect
the bottomline of Australian growers.
The Australian horticultural industry already
suffers because of cheaper costs of production
overseas and this can be seen in the recently
announced closure of Heinz’ Australian
cannery facilities. The carbon tax will only
make imported produce more attractive as the
cost-of-production in this country rises. These
overseas imports also pose chemical and
biosecurity risks to for Australian farms.
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