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The South Australian Grower – July 2013
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DESPITE a long, dry
summer and low yields,
South Australian apple
growers have had a good season.
Apple and Pear Growers
Association of SA chief executive
officer Susie Green said the
quality of fruit was top-notch, and
markets had been good.
“Prices are probably a bit
stronger than they were this time
last year so there are some
positives there,” she said.
Yields, however, did not reflect
last year’s bumper crop.
“Crops were down 10 per cent
to 15pc on last year,” Ms Green
“Last year was a bumper crop
so we are probably back to what
would be considered an average
year in terms of yield.”
Peak industry body Apple and
Pear Australia Limited set about
exploring all export opportunities.
“A delegation of Asian
importers toured South Australia
in early May, and visited the
growing regions,” Ms Green said.
“They were ver y discerning
buyers but the visit actually led to
these initial expor t orders being
placed. We hope this will continue
growing into the future.”
But fruitfly outbreaks in the
past few months have brought
along some serious concerns.
There have been four fruitfly
outbreaks in metropolitan
Adelaide this year, which
threatens the State’s $675-million
horticultural industr y.
“Obviously any outbreaks are
concerning to the industr y as a
whole and we are supportive of
Biosecurity SA’s efforts to keep
those outbreaks contained,” Ms
The State budget in June
allocated an additional $1m to
fruitfly protection measures,
which would need to be matched
by growers for it to be made
Ms Green said any additional
measures that could be put in
place needed to be considered.
“Clearly Biosecurity SA is
■ Quality right up there
■ Asia export doors open
■ Fruitfly breakouts concerning
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Plenty to celebrate in a few less cartons
SOUTH Australia’s apple harvest
was down 10 per cent to 15pc on
last year’s bumper crop but Kim
Green, Ellimatta Orchards,
Lenswood (pictured) says quality
more than made up for it this year.
“Last year we had a big crop of
apples, both here and interstate,
and that made marketing pretty
tough,” he said.
“Prices were depressed, demand
was sluggish, and a lot of fruit that
just couldn’t be sold went to juice.
“This year was a bit of a shorter
crop, certainly interstate, so it was
a different outlook. Prices are a bit
better, demand is certainly strong,
and there seems to be
positiveness in the air.
“It is interesting what a few less
cartons of apples can make to a
Kim said the Australian dollar
falling below parity shored-up
“It’s hard when we do so much
positive stuff and yet, something
like the dollar can have such an
impact on us,” he said.
“With the dollar dropping, all of a
sudden there is a positive air and
people feel like there is a bit of a
spring in their step.
“You want to get up in the
morning and keep farming and yet
there is nothing different that we
Kim said apple growers had
plenty to be positive about.
“There are a lot of exciting
things if you want to be excited
and a lot of depressing things if
you want to focus on the
depression side of things,” he
Falling dollar ‘not without its problems’
WHEN the Australian dollar
dropped to a 33-month low on
June 20, apple growers hoped it
would stay that way so they could
tap into growing interest in Asian
Mark Joyce, Joyson Orchards
(pictured) said a high $A had
made them less competitive
“There has been a lot of interest
overseas for our product and it
just comes down to dollars and
cents, and we just find ourselves
in a less competitive situation,” he
“UK is our main export market
but there has been a lot of
enquiries and work going into
“We certainly need a change in
the fortunes of the dollar to really
make that become a reality.”
Mark has property in the
Adelaide Hills, Riverland and
South East and said a falling $A
would be a “double-edged
“It is not going to come without
problems, without costs. One
would expect that the cost of
living will go up because a lot of
our goods now that we import will
probably go up as well,” he said.
He said the rising cost of living
would impact on wages and have
a telling effect on growers.
“We are fairly big consumers of
labour, that represents almost 50
per cent of our costs so it is
tough,” Mark said.
On the recent fruitfly outbreaks
in South Australia, Mark said
though it had not impacted him,
the threat was always a concern.
“It hasn’t been an issue but the
ongoing fruitfly issue causes us
big problems because it denies us
access to most of the people in
the world,” he said.
“It denies us access to China
which is the biggest potential
In 2012, Papua New Guinea,
Indonesia, the UK and Thailand
were the biggest markets for
Australian apples. Small volumes
were supplied to Asian markets
such as Malaysia, Taiwan and
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