Home' Grower : August 2012 Contents whether it be an incorporated associa-
tion," he said. "How this might all gel
for the horticultural sector is still a burn-
ing question. It's easier for some of the
other sectors in a sense. They might have
only five or six sub-sets, and in the case
of dairy, they're only dealing with one
organisation. In horticulture you've
got about 15 organisations that
need to be considered."
Mr Ranford said it was
important the proposed
council focused on big-
"There's a need for a
single voice on some of
the major issues," he
"It's important that
whatever the structure,
its role is focused on
dealing with major
issues impacting all farm
businesses, such as
workplace health and
"It's important to have
a single str ucture dealing
with those issues and also
working with the government
of the day, particularly on the
development of legislation.
"Whatever the structure is, it
needs to ensure primary produc-
tion is put back on the agenda in
government's thinking and also
helping ensure that businesses are
"At the moment, from many sectors --
certainly in horticulture -- the returns are
just not there."
Mr Redmond said he was supportive of
Mr Kerin's concept.
"There's still a long way to go, but it
seems a fairly good basis to work from,"
"The difficult thing is getting the right
structure with the right objectives. If we
can get that in place it will certainly help
in providing a single reference point that
we can influence politicians from.
"We really need to get the whole food
sector at the table with government and
climbing up the importance scale. All we
ever seem to hear about is mining."
Mr Redmond said some of the cross-
commodity issues that needed a strong
voice included water, biosecurity,
increased compliance and rising input
"We have growers that use SA Water
potable water in their greenhouses and
The South Australian Grower -- August 2012
the increased water costs they're looking
at could put them out of business," he
Mr Redmond said while SA Water had
been open to hearing about this issue, he
felt having a larger, cross-commodity
group in place could help with the lob-
SAFF's annual general meeting will be
held on Friday, August 31, at the
Adelaide Pavilion, on the corner of
South Terrace and Peacock Road. The
AGM starts at 9am.
Commodity based structure pro-
Issues bringing horticulture groups
Recommendation to be made at
Hort support for 'new' SAFF
By PAULA THOMPSON
AS South Australia's peak farming
organisation prepares to morph
into a new entity, horticulturalists
are being urged to have their say and
become involved with the new organisa-
Former Premier Rob Kerin held a
meeting in June to outline his vision for
SAFF's replacement, and received unan-
imous support from the 100-plus indus-
try representatives present, including
those from the horticultural and viticul-
Mr Kerin was brought-in to lead the
organisation for ward after relations
between SAFF's board and its grains
committee became strained, and the lat-
ter was dismissed.
Rather than continue with SAFF's
regional structure, Mr Kerin wanted to
make the organisation commodity-based.
He proposed five autonomous com-
modity groups -- horticulture, wine-
grapes, dairy, livestock and grain -- to
tackle issues specific to their industries.
They would feed into a central Primary
Producers' Council of South Australia to
deal with overarching, cross-commodity
issues such as water policy, taxation and
natural resource management.
Mr Kerin met with representatives of
the commodity groups on July 26.
From the horticultural sector Mr Kerin
had already met with independent horti-
cultural consultant Trevor Ranford,
Grow SA's Mike Redmond and the
Adelaide Produce Market's Angelo
"We need to create a stronger voice for
all kinds of producers," he said.
"Government benefits from that as
well. It's easier if they have one group to
talk to on cross-commodity issues."
Mr Ranford said it was a challenge to
bring all the horticultural groups to the
"From a horticultural point of view,
we've been continuing the discussion,
but there are still a lot of unknowns, par-
ticularly with what the structure of the
new organisation might be, such as
Indepdent horticultural consultant
Trevor Ranford is one of the industry
representatives liaising with former
Premier Rob Kerin on the proposed
restructure of SAFF.
Horticulture hones next-gen
HORTICULTURE Australia Ltd and Agrifood Skills Australia
have announced the launch of the Horticulture -- The
Next Generation leadership program.
The pace of change within the horticulture industry is
accelerating because of a variety of global and local
factors. Strong leadership is critical in order to assist the
industry, businesses and individuals through these
challenging times and to capitalise on the opportunities
these challenges will present. HAL is looking for 50
horticultural levypayers who are looking to grow and
expand their leadership and business skills. Member
organisations are being encouraged to nominate at least
one potential participant for the program. Phase 1 of this
program will provide current and emerging leaders with
the quality training, business tools and experienced
support required to achieve their individual, business and
industry growth objectives. The project will also extend
leadership and business development beyond the initial
group of 50 leaders with subsequent phases involving
online training, webinars and electronic media to extend
the program's reach.
Details: Applications can be submitted online at
Peter.Melville@horticulture.com.au or 02 8295 2317.
Table olive draft for comment
AUSTRALIAN Olives Australia has released for public
comment a draft Australian Table Olive Standard,
prepared by the National Table Olive Committee.
The standard will apply to all table olive products,
whether from Australian or international sources for
wholesale or retail trade in Australia. Initially, the
standard will be voluntary and incorporated into the AOA
Code of Practice, utilising a quality seal with the Certified
Australian Table Olives logo. The draft standard is open
for comment before publication by the Rural Industries
Research and Development Corporation and
implementation later in 2012.
Details: NTOC convenor Peter McFarlane to 33 Phillips St,
Somerton Park, SA 5044, 08 8376 7048 (fax), or
Deadline for submissions is 5pm on Friday, August 10.
Award for best olive grove
THE Australian Olive Association Ltd has developed the
Olive Grove of the Year Award in conjunction with The
Olive Centre with the aim of rewarding and recognising
olive growers who have been successful in improving
growing operations or providing examples of excellence
in how they operate and promote continual improvement
in sustainable production of high-quality olive oil and/or
table olives, and inspire producers through the shared
experience of improvement and excellence.
Details: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1800 657 509 (fax).
Nominations close on Friday, August 3.
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