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Pyap Produce Pty Ltd
Main business: Pyap Produce is a family
run business by Barry and Bernice Arnold
and sons Ryan, Michael and Tim. They
grow mandarins, oranges, lemons,
grapefruit, tangelos, and winegrapes in a
60-hectare orchard. The business is based
at Pyap, just outside Loxton in the
The family grow a diversity of citrus crops
to keep them busy for at least eight
months of the year, and this enables them
to keep a core group of workers during
History: Barry Arnold had been working
the land for many years, including dairy
and dry land farming and fruit blocks,
when he saw the opportunity to get the
whole family involved. They bought the
rundown Pyap property in 2002, and
planted 30ha to navels and valencias.
“It’s good to do it with a third-party that
can take your side and compromise on
where everyone wants to head,” Tim said.
But there was plenty of hard work ahead.
“It was in very poor condition when we
brought it. It was all overhead sprinklers
and the trees were three-quarters dead,”
he said. Since then, they have planted
another 30ha with new and improved
Marketing: Tim says they still go through
conventional routes to sell their fruit, with
most of it going to a local packing shed –
Venus Citrus in Loxton.
“We send it to a packing shed who packs
it, markets it to local, domestic and
overseas exports,” he said. For the past
five years, the Arnold family has been
marketing their produce through their
selling straight to the consumer’s door.
Their online business has been growing in
size each year. “People love the fruit,
getting it fresher than they can get it
otherwise from the shops,” Tim said.
Loxton grower Barry Arnold is quick to spot an opportunity.
❏ By STEPHANIE GROPLER
REGISTRATIONS are still open
Australia’s biennial conference
in Melbourne this month.
Farm tours, international speakers,
and a trade exhibition fill out the
schedule from July 28 to 31 at the
Pullman Hotel in Albert Park.
Secretar y Saskia Blanch said they
were thrilled to have so many trade
exhibitors and delegates registered.
“We’ve only got three booths left
out of 50 and we have about 150
delegates signed up,” she Blanch
“We always get a big rush of regis-
trations in the last two weeks but we
are thrilled to have so many name
tags already sorted.”
The theme for this year’s conference
is ‘Solutions for Sustainable Growth’.
It intends to challenge and inform
growers from all backgrounds and
experience levels within the industr y.
International guest speakers include
Jürgen Kleinwachter who will speak
about the use of light and optics in
horticulture and Frits Veenman,
Netherlands, who will discuss innova-
tion in irrigation.
There will be a strong emphasis on
networking and sharing ideas, with
plenty of time to mingle with grow-
ers and suppliers within the industry.
Brisbane will host the
from August 17 to 22, 2014 at the
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The theme this year is ‘Horticulture –
sustaining lives, livelihoods and
landscapes’. More than 2000 participants
are expected to participate in the latest
research, teaching and extension on a
range of fruit, vegetable, ornamentals, turf,
and urban horticulture services and
discuss how these crops and services can
be best managed, processed and
marketed. Authors can submit their
abstracts either for oral or poster
presentations through the congress’
website before November 1. Accepted
abstracts will be published on a USB stick
which delegates will receive onsite.
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