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Andrew Green says the total minimum value of five board initiatives attributed in the year in which they
were implemented is $28.7m. He says they will continue to provide ongoing economic benefit to SA
THE SA Citrus Board has
defended criticism by an
about its achievements.
And chief executive officer
Andrew Green has gone on the
attack, listing projects "that have
provided significant economic
benefit to our stakeholders on
issues specific to the Riverland".
"It's disappointing that a mag-
azine, funded with citrus
research and development levy
money for the purpose of
extending research information
to stakeholders, was used for
this purpose," he said.
Mr Green identified five exam-
ples of how the board, using its
powers under the Citrus
Industry Act 2005, had worked
to benefit growers --
• 2005 Citrus Canker Sur vey:
Using the Board's SA citrus
planting database, collected
under the Citrus Industry Act
2005 and its grower registration
details, the board was able to
negotiate with overseas authori-
ties and provide information to
prove the Riverland did not have
citr us canker, ensuring exports
markets remained open.
Value: $4 million dollar NZ
market remained open to
Riverland citrus in 2005.
• 2007 US market access:
The SACIDB using established
USDA-APHIS contacts and
quarantine knowledge prevent-
ed the last minute destruction of
3,000 pallets of citrus and avert-
ed the loss of the USA market.
Value: $5.2m pallet value
and $50m US market secured
• 2008-2009 critical water access:
Planting information collected
by the board, utilising the Citrus
Industry Act 2005 along with
stakeholder drought sur vey
details and economic data, helped
secure "critical water allocations"
to save SA citrus plantings.
Value: $12.6m (farmgate)
additional oranges produced
and plantings saved.
• 2009-2010 post-har vest oil:
SACIDB has help fund the
SARDI post-har vest oil, spon-
sored the permit registration
and achieved its acceptance as a
valid, effective quarantine treat-
ment for citrophilous mealybug.
This mealybug is a major issue
for the Riverland and a quaran-
tine pest for Japan as well as
other important markets.
Value: $2.7m (farmgate)
Japanese market protected in
2009-2010. Without the oil,
growers would be forced to
repeatedly spray their
orchards for quarantine pests
adding significantly to pro-
• 2005-2011 fruitfly area free-
SACIDB funding of the Tri-
State Fruit Fly Community
Awareness Program has helped
to keep fruit flies out of the
Value: $4.2m per annum saved
by not needing to cold treat cit-
rus for exports.
"The total minimum value of
these five examples attributed in
the year in which they were
implemented is $28.7m, howev-
er all five activities continue to
provide ongoing economic ben-
efit to SA growers, packers,
processors and wholesalers since
their inception," Mr Green said.
"All activities were rolled out
to support specific issues related
to our SA citrus industry using
funds collected from all stake-
holders registered with the
board, which has delivered
many more initiatives to sup-
port the industry.
"It will be detailed in an infor-
mation booklet to be posted to
all SA stakeholders shortly, cov-
ering areas such as promotion of
SA citr us, providing good mar-
keting and crop estimates infor-
mation back to the industry,
providing training to stakehold-
ers and funding extension per-
sons to work directly with our
stakeholders to improve their
competitiveness. These are just a
few additional areas of support
to our industry."
-- PETER BRADY
Canker survey success
Critical water allocations
Protection of Japanese
All activities were
rolled out to
issues related to
our SA citrus
Green defends board
from industry attack
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