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The South Australian Grower -- August 2013
SA organic sector
By MAX OPRAY
THE organic market is booming
in South Australia and showing
no sign of a slowdown, accord-
ing to Australian Organic Ltd board
chairman Andrew Monk.
Dr Monk claims the organic sector
is on track for double-digit growth
in the next few years.
The 2012 Australian Organic
Market Growth report - which Dr
Monk co-authored - projected a
continued rise in value of 10 per cent
to 15pc annually, and the outlook
has only gotten rosier since these
predictions were published.
A plummeting Australian dollar
and a rising Asian middleclass are
enhancing export prospects for
South Australian growers, and
organic producers are no exception.
"There's always winners and los-
ers following on from the market
report, and one of the standouts this
year has been organic wine in South
Australia," Dr Monk said.
SA produces 85 per cent of
Australia's organic wine - a $4.12m
haul that jumped 107 per cent in
value in just two years.
"We're seeing companies like
Angove Family Wines do really
well, not to mention Yalumba who
are moving into Europe with their
organic range and from a standing
start are doing really well," he said.
"They were having a cracker of a
year even before the dollar started
to drop, so things are only going to
"In general organic wine producers
are really flying in the face of the
conventional wine market, which
can be a bit of a scary place really."
Angove Family Wines marketing
Organic wine results stand out
Produce gets more mainstream
Certification a consumer
AS he heads toward retirement,
all Salisbury vegetable grower
Tony Scarfo (pictured) wants is
to scale down his operations, but
surging demand for his organic
produce means customers will
not leave him alone.
"Initially we plodded along, but
then our stature grew and now
as we want to cut back, people
just keep asking for more," he
"Unfortunately, if anyone wants
more vegetables than we're
offering right now they'll have to
produce it themselves!"
The Scarfo family have been
growing a variety of produce at
their tiny 1.5-hectare property
since 1959, of which the past
20 years has been with organic
Tony believes the spirit of
organic farming lies in keeping in
tune with the seasons, which he
does by growing varieties such
as basil, zucchini, tomatoes,
and capsicums in summer and
broccoli, kale, celeries, and
string beans in winter.
It is the end of an era though
as the family sells up and moves
to a Lobethal plot of land, where
Tony plans to oversee some
trees rather than the more
labour-intensive produce he now
"I'm 63 so it's time to cut back
a bit. The Salisbury property
has been overtaken by suburbia
anyway, which is only going to
get worse and worse," he said.
With organic vegetables in
such high demand, one thing
Tony is sure of is that he will be
doing all he can to gain organic
accreditation for his new base
Details: Tony Scarfo 08 8389
No time to rest for Tony
FARM biosecurity just got a bit easier,
thanks to a new website.
Plant Health Australia and Animal
Health Australia have jointly launched
the Farm Biosecurity website.
Plant Health Australia biosecurity
planning and implementation
program manager Brad Siebert said
the website was the face of the farm
"Recognising that people often run
mixed enterprises, we got together
with AHA to formulate biosecurity
advice for both plant and animal
producers," Mr Siebert said.
"That's in the Essentials part of the
site. In addition, the new site lets you
create a tailored farm profile that
gives you all the information you need
that is specific to your operation.
"So if you are a vegetable
grower with some beef cattle and
egg production, all the relevant
information on safeguarding each
of those aspects of your farm is
presented to you on a single page."
The site also shows the pests that
pose the greatest threat to particular
crops and suggests simple measures
that producers can take to safeguard
Other useful features include
self-assessment checklists to
assess current biosecurity practices,
templates for biosecurity record
keeping and declarations that
producers need when offering
animals for sale or when they want to
move livestock interstate.
Mr Siebert said "The site is
designed for ease of use."
Tailored farm biosecurity program a click away
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