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By MALCOLM SUTTON
SIXTH-GENERATION apple grower
Graham Mason (pictured) runs a 20-
hectare orchard at Forest Range
together with his family.
He says the Federal Government is not
paying enough attention to primar y indus-
tries and too eager to open the gates to
trade despite biosecurity risks.
"I'm certainly against importing pro-
duce from countries with diseases and
problems we don't have," he said.
"Quarantine inspectors may be able to
check for visible infestations, such as an
insect or a mite on an apple, but it's
impossible to check every box.
"And there're other things, such as bac-
teria, that we can't see with our human
eye, and no amount of quarantine inspec-
tions are going to pick that up."
• SA biosecurity works p5
• Potato industry uproar p22
Holes in safety net
Better pollination goal of guidebook
A NEW publication promises to help
growers get the most from their
Pollination of Crops in Australia and
New Zealand was written by pollination
researcher Mark Goodwin from The
New Zealand Institute for Plant and
Food Research Ltd.
The publication provides practical
information on specific issues related
to the pollination of more than 30
crops, aimed at improving food
production and maintaining healthy
The manual was prepared under
the Pollination Program, a research
and development strategy jointly
funded by the Rural Industries Research and
Development Corporation, Horticulture Australia
Limited and the Australian Government.
Pollination R&D advisory committee chairman
Gerald Martin said the manual would ensure the
best outcomes were achieved, pushing up profits
for producers and increasing their ability to pay for
"With the threat of varroa hanging over our
heads, as well as many other bee pests and
diseases, it's important for those growing
crops to develop a
relationship now with a
beekeeper," he said.
"If it arrives, varroa
will virtually wipe-out
our wild bees and we'll
lose the free service they
currently provide. It will
also dramatically cut the
number of managed hives
available, especially at
peak times like spring.
"We're facing a potential
shortage of more than half a
million beehives needed for
the pollination of our food
Australia has one of the largest populations of
escaped European honeybees and relies heavily
on them for an estimated 65 per cent of
agricultural production which depends on
Australia is also one of the last countries in the
world still free of the varroa mite.
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