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Onion veteran wins
Reg Miller accolade
ALONG-time onion grower has
received this year’s prestigious Reg
Miller Award from Onions Australia.
West Australian grower Peter Ivankovich
received the award, presented to recognise
outstanding contribution to the onion
industr y, during a dinner at 1862 Wine Bar
& Grill at Mount Gambier held as part of
the annual OA conference.
Mr Ivankovich has spent the past half-cen-
tury in the onion industry, after being the
third generation of his family to farm in WA.
He recalls hand-clipping and harvesting
onions into banana crates as he was grow-
ing-up in the Spear wood area, near Perth,
on his family’s market garden. The market
garden was established by his grandfather
who emigrated from Croatia.
Mr Ivankovich followed his father and
grandfather into the farming business and
continued to market-garden in the
Spearwood. But as the residential areas of
Perth started to encroach on the property,
the Ivankovich family purchased a farm at
Myalup. While potatoes were once part of
the operation, the enterprise now concen-
trates on onions and carrots for the domes-
tic market, and carrots for export.
Mr Ivankovich has been progressive in the
horticulture industry, representing WA on
industry bodies, and establishing new
machine systems – he was the first TOPAIR
owner in WA. He has also been a key mem-
ber of OA’s executive, ser ving as chairper-
son in 2005 and 2006, and has been a
member of the executive for more than a
He was chairperson during the period
when the Industry Advisory Committee was
becoming established, and played a leading
role in working toward a smarter onion
industry. He later ser ved as an IAC repre-
sentative for WA for a term.
Mr Ivankovich has always taken an interest in
biosecurity issues and been a supporter of OA’s
activities with Plant Health Australia, such as
the Industry Biosecurity Plan.
Major sponsor Southern Soils brought
plant and soil nutrition experts from the US
to speak about sustainable farming. There
was also an onsite biological fertiliser manu-
facturing-facility walk and presentation at
Brian Bonde stepped-down as chairperson
after serving three years in the position. He
was replaced by Queenslander Andrew
Moon during the OA annual meeting at the
Lakes Resort, which was followed by the
Annual Levy Payers’ Meeting.
Conference guests were then taken on a
guided tour of Mt Gambier’s Blue Lake
Pumping Station to inspect the region’s
famed water supply. OA chief executive offi-
cer Joanne Thomas-Ward said the confer-
ence was hugely successful, with an out-
standing attendance from all states.
“It was an extremely positive series of meet-
ings and many of our attendees brought their
family with them, allowing them to explore the
Mt Gambier region,” she said. “Many of our
scientists also took the opportunity to meet
with local businesses and those within the hor-
ticulture industry, to further assess the region.”
The conference was sponsored by
Southern Soils, Chep, J-Tech Systems,
Dobmac Machiner y and AgNova.
Reg Miller Award winner Peter Ivankovich with outgoing Onions Australia chairperson Brian
Bonde at the Onions Australia annual conference.
AUSTRALIAN applegrowers are calling on
consumers to buy Australian as they launch a
retail fightback against imported apples.
Growers across the country have taken the
unprecedented step of branding locally grown
fruit with an Aussie Apples sticker to make it easy
for shoppers to choose home-grown produce.
There could be as many as 1.6 billion Aussie
apples featuring the united brand each year.
For growers and pack houses with an
established brand, an option exists for them to
co-brand with the new Aussie Apples label.
Fourth-generation apple grower Brad
Fankhauser said growers wanted to empower
Australian families to support local growers and
actively choose Aussie Apples.
“Identifying where produce comes from can
cause a lot of confusion for shoppers. It’s
regulation for produce to be clearly marked with
its country-of-origin at the point of sale, but
that’s not always the case,” Mr Fankhauser said.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for
families to identify and buy Aussie Apples. Now
it’s as simple as looking for the sticker.”
Apple imports have been allowed into Australia
for the first time in 90 years, as a result of
changes to government regulations by
Biosecurity Australia. The first imports arrived in
small volumes in January, with volumes expected
to increase as the market is progressively opened
to a number of apple-producing countries.
An independent economic report by the Centre
for International Economics has shown
Australian applegrowers could lose a third of
their income as a result of imports from China,
New Zealand and the US – a loss to the industry
of about $140 million a year.
“Imports will have a huge impact on everyone
in the industry. Like many other growers, we’ve
been working for the past eight years to increase
our production per hectare and ensure we are
competitive. I think we are ready to take them
on,” Mr Fankhauser said.
Apple and Pear Australia Limited chairman
John Lawrenson said the Australian apple
industry had a worldwide reputation for being
clean and green.
“Our favourable growing environment, healthy
soil and the wonderful Australian sun, all
contribute to producing some of the highest
quality produce in the world,” Mr Lawrenson said.
“The new stickers offer shoppers reassurance that
they are buying our delicious Aussie Apples and, by
doing so, are supporting local growers, their families
and regional communities across Australia.”
The first apples carrying the new sticker are
already in supermarkets and greengrocers, and
consumers are responding positively.
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Growers across the country are branding
locally grown fruit with an ‘Aussie Apples’
sticker to make it easy for shoppers to
choose home-grown produce.
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