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Industry worth $8b
FIGURES released by the Federal Government
show that Australia’s horticultural sector
contributes $8 billion to the economy annually.
The National Farmers Federation reported that
horticulture is Australia’s third largest industry in
agriculture, behind grains and red meat.
“Australian farmers are seriously punching above
their weight. Averaged out, these figures mean
that each farm is contributing more than
$316,000 in terms of gross economic value and
productivity – not to mention the supply of food
and fibre to consumers both at home and
abroad,” NFF president Jock Laurie said. “These
figures are up $3b on the year before, reflecting
the end of a decade of drought and more
favourable seasonal conditions for many
farmers.” He said while the figures showed a rise
in production, lower population growth was a
concern for Australian agriculture.
Fruitfly in salad
BIOSECURITY SA has advised consumers of the
potential for fruitfly to be spread in South
Australia following the discovery in Victoria of
larvae in cherry tomatoes in pre-packed salad.
Biosecurity SA chief officer Rob Rahaley said
while the tomatoes (sourced from New South
Wales) were certified as having been treated with
an approved fruitfly chemical, and were packed in
sealed, refrigerated packs, there was still a
remote chance that fruitfly larvae could survive in
ideal circumstances in packs that had been sold
in SA. “Woolworths in SA, which also obtained the
salad packs from Victorian company Salad Fresh,
has withdrawn these from sale and has been
instructed by Biosecurity SA to contain and
segregate this stock, for returning to Salad Fresh,
or for appropriate destruction,” Dr Rahaley said.
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the print media, point-of-sale material, in-
store competitions, Crunch Bunch store
appearances for selected greengrocers, IGA
Fresh and Foodland supermarkets.
Adelaide Central Market’s manager Roger
Bryson says the recent “swing back to home
cooking and slow food” will boost sales for
the State’s fruit and vegetable growers.
“I think people are starting to realise how
enjoyable it can be to buy locally grown
produce from the markets, talk to the grow-
ers or sellers and prepare meals that are
healthy and fresh,” he said.
“There is certainly a social aspect to buy-
ing fresh market produce but people are
also keen to get behind SA growers, which
is great to see.
In the lead-up to Christmas, the two mar-
kets run at full speed.
“The last week before Christmas is always
our busiest,” Mr Bryson said.
“People want to have the freshest produce
for the day and they would have finished
shopping for presents by that time usually.”
Kim Lak, Coco’s, with Adelaide Central Market manager Roger Bryson who says the recent
swing back to home cooking and slow food will boost sales of fruits and vegetables.
▲ Theo Costi, AMC Fresh Produce, Adelaide Produce Market,
with fresh nectarines and apricots grown at the Sourtzis
▲ Lee Bugeja, Stall 69, at the Adelaide Central Market.
▲ Nick Pessios, Cactus, at the Adelaide Central Market.
APM helps needy
MERCHANTS at the Adelaide Produce Market
have partnered with Foodbank to launch a new
initiative to feed South Australia’s less fortunate.
APM chief executive officer Angelo Demasi said
merchants could donate stock daily in purpose-
built storage bins at the market. Support for the
partnership was echoed by The South Australian
Chamber of Fruit and Vegetable Industries
president Rick Schirripa. “Through our collective
efforts, we endeavour to provide some basic
nutrition to those less fortunate in our
community,” he said. “We aim to feed over
120,000 struggling South Australians, including
72,000 children, every year with nutritious fruit
CITRUS Australia is putting the squeeze on
labelling with the release of a new stamp of
approval on orange juice that guarantees it is
made from Australian oranges. The new logo
champions a standard for transparency in
country-of-origin labelling. With 89pc of
consumers believing it is important fresh food
they purchase is Australian, the new logo gives
consumers a guarantee the orange juice is made
with 100 per cent home-grown oranges. The
Aussie Grown, supported by Australian Citrus
Growers logo, which cannot be bought, will help
consumers make an informed choice when
buying Australian juice. Berri Australian Grown is
the first major brand to use a version of the logo,
endorsed by Citrus Australia.
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