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Riverland Field Days
Citrus industry spreads word at the Royal
continues to showcase new
enterprises that value-add to
THOMPSON profiles some of
the more innovative
THE ROYAL Adelaide Show presented a great
opportunity for the State's citrus industry to
promote their wares, according to South
Australian Citrus Industry Board supply chain
liaison officer Sam Rogers (pictured) at the
Visitors to the SA Citrus Industry Board site
got the chance to taste-test a range of citrus
including blood oranges, Washington navels, pink
grapefruit and tangelos and sample fresh juice.
"More than 500,000 people walked past our fruit
displays, which is excellent promotion," Ms Rogers
Waikerie producer Malcolm Taylor, Jumaluk Fruit,
took out the champion carton of citrus at the show.
And, more than 22,000 tangelos and oranges
were given out as part of the Yellow Brick Road
showbag, which is popular every year. More than
8 tonnes of oranges were produced for juice at
Board chief executive officer Andrew Green said
now was the best time to buy navel oranges.
Grocery stores and supermarkets are well
stocked thanks to one of the biggest SA navel
orange crops in 20 years.
Chief executive officer Andrew Green said the big
crop -- estimated at 85,000 tonnes -- combined
with a high Australian dollar, had put considerable
downward pressure on navel orange prices.
"These conditions make it difficult for growers to
export their produce, so there's never been a better
time for domestic consumers to buy some sweet,
fresh, healthy Riverland oranges," Mr Green said.
"The quality of the crop this year is exceptional.
High rainfall and a mild climate have made them
particularly sweet and juicy this season, and the
big crop means good value for shoppers.
"And because they're from the Riverland, South
Australian consumers know they'll be as fresh as
can possibly be. The Riverland is acknowledged
for producing the best quality navel oranges in
SOUTH East couple Mike and
Gayle Quarmby (pictured), Reedy
Creek, are the driving forces
behind the Outback Pride
project. It promotes the
Australian native food industry
by developing a network of
production sites within
"The plants are grown in a
biodynamic environment in
areas which have never had
previous cultivation," Gayle said.
The project has now been
running for more than 10 years.
The cultivation of Australian
native food provides indigenous
Australians with jobs and
training in horticulture and the
The project was created by the
couple following the tragic loss of
their child. They wanted to make a
difference to the lives of other
young people, and felt that the
most at need were the indigenous
youth on remote communities.
Gayle's family involvement with
traditional communities dates
back to 1932 when her father
Rex Battarbee travelled in a
model T Ford to the central
Australian outback settlement of
Hermannsburg, south west of
Alice Springs. Initially, Mike and
Gayle spent time in the outback
with aboriginal people
researching the bush food
Outback pride in bushfoods
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