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Potatoes South Australia chief executive officer
Robbie Davis said the planned rezoning was gener-
ally regarded as a positive for the region.
It would not negatively impact on the volume of
potatoes grown in SA and bring more labour to the
“Large growers who may have the opportunity to
sell rezoned land would also be expected to rein-
vest in the industry to improve ef ficiencies and
expand overall capabilities,” Ms Davies said.
“In comparison to other regions, the Virginia
growers are already used to operating farms which
are in relatively close proximity to houses and
“While there may be some adjustments required,
most growers believe that the benefits are likely to
outweigh any negatives.”
Adelaide Produce Market marketing director
Julian Carbone said it was up to landholders to
choose what they did with their land.
“We all want farmers to be close to the city and
we all want to look after our food bowl, and it’s the
same in the Adelaide Hills,” he said.
“But if a farmer’s land has been rezoned as hous-
ing and is worth 10 times as much, who are we to
tell someone they can’t sell it and make money?”
Smaller growers are already struggling to compete
some cherry and apple growers in the Adelaide
Hills no longer find their business viable.
“This is their one chance to cash-in, and it will
look after their retirement and probably their chil-
dren as well,” Mr Carbone said.
“As a collective we would probably say we’re
against it, but it’s a personal decision for the grow-
er and you can’t override civil rights.”
gets tacit approval ❏ By ANDREW MARSHALL
MANUFACTURERS are fuming about what was
meant to be a plan to lift the efficiency of
Australia’s sluggish registration process for farm
chemical and livestock products.
A raft of new farm input legislations imposed
by Canberra in May is likely to burden them with
even more delays and inefficient procedures.
Both industry sectors warn manufacturers will
pull commonly used crop protection and stock
medicine and nutritional products off the market
rather than bear the expense of re-registering
existing formulations with the Australian Pest
and Veterinary Medicines Authority.
Manufacturers are already angry that the
APVMA’s bureaucratic processes, paid for by
industry fees worth $24 million, show little
concern about the blowout in time taken to
approve even minor requests such as re-sized
CropLife Australia chief executive officer
Matthew Cossey said the new legislation passed
by House of Representatives in May under the
guise of efficiency reform added 287 new pages
of regulation to an already inefficient, complex,
and costly regulatory system.
Before the change in Labor leadership on June
26, Animal Health Alliance CEO Peter Holdsworth
had said a possible change of government would
see the legislation reviewed before it could be
implemented. The Coalition was already opposing
A spokeswoman for the APVMA said the
organisation acknowledged the debate about its
activities, but was unable to respond to
discussion about government policy, particularly
while it was still going through parliament.
Chemical bill review
adds more legislation
Where are all the youngsters?
SOUTH Australia Potato Company chief
financial officer Nick Psevdos
(pictured) says the company’s potato
growing operation at Virgina has been
affected as a result of the Playford
structure plan, but it has fallback options
in other farms at Virginia and across the
State, and in Victoria and Queensland.
“Virginia is only one part of our
business, a six-week growing window
that we need to reorganise and
rearrange,” Nick said.
A greater issue facing the region’s
growers is a lack of family succession
and the fact that the potato industry is
demanding businesses get bigger to
“Traditionally it was about growers that
grew and sold to one bloke, who sold it
to another bloke, but a lot of that has
been taken out of it now,” Nick said.
“You’ve really got to get bigger now
and have all your bases covered,
vertically integrate, so you grow, wash,
pack, brand, market and sell product to
the end market.”
He said there were not enough younger
people getting into agriculture and
parents were getting older and had no
one to take over the business.
“For people like that, they’ve got an
opportunity to cash out now,” Nick said.
“I suppose it’s their superannuation.”
- MA LCOLM SUTTON
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