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Archive for October 26th, 2014

Princess Anne praises Queensland primary producers at agriculture conference in Brisbane

The Queen’s daughter Princess Anne has paid tribute to Queensland on the first day of her visit to Brisbane. While this was not an official Royal visit, Her Royal Highness is attending as guest of honour at the 26th Royal Agricultural Society of the Commonwealth conference at the RNA showgrounds. The Princess Royal is the […]

October 26th, 2014
Topic: EVENTS FAIRS SHOWS, Queensland, ROYALTY Tags: , , ,

Combating fruit fly in Sunraysia district Victoria by grower lead committee

An industry committee has been formed to renew the fight against fruit fly in the Sunraysia region. The creation of the committee comes after the demise last year of the Murray Valley Citrus Board due to a legal challenge to the grower levy it collected. Victorian Agriculture Minister, Peter Walsh, says a majority of citrus, […]

October 26th, 2014
Topic: Fruit flies, INSECTS REPTILES, PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES, STATES, Victoria Tags: , , , , ,

Plant disease, Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV). Major threat to growers in Australia. Seed industry warns of costs for farmers

The Federal Department of Agriculture has announced it’s stepping up biosecurity measures to prevent further incursions of the plant disease, Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV). The virus, which originated overseas, has devastated the Territory’s melon industry since first appearing on a farm near Katherine last month, leading to the quarantine of several properties in […]

October 26th, 2014
Topic: GOVERNMENT, PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES, SEEDING PLANTING Tags: , , ,

Immigration raid Citrus farm finding worker visa issues for pickers

Passports of citrus pickers will now be checked weekly at a southern New South Wales farm, where immigration raids were carried out earlier this month. The raids discovered 37 workers, who were hired by a contractor, had invalid visas. Hillston property owner Ken McDougall says he’s no longer using a contractor and will have to […]

October 26th, 2014
Topic: EMPLOYMENT, FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, GOVERNMENT, Nsw, Oranges, STATES Tags: , , , , ,

Plant virus wiping out Northern Territory watermelon farms found in Katherine pumpkin crop

The virus which has ripped through a large part of the Northern Territory’s watermelon industry has been found in a pumpkin crop near Katherine. It’s a serious blow to both farmers and authorities who are trying to eradicate Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic Virus (CGMMV). It was first detected in Australia last month and can be […]

October 26th, 2014
Topic: FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, Northern Territory, PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES, Pumpkins Tags: , , ,

Severe hail storms damage vineyards across Western Australia’s great southern and south west wine regions

Vineyards in the south of Western Australia could see yield losses of up to 30 per cent after they were hit by damaging hail storms this week. Severe thunderstorms struck the South West and Great Southern regions on Wednesday evening. Wineries in Frankland and Pemberton were hardest hit, with reports of hail completely stripping vines […]

October 26th, 2014
Topic: FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, Grape vines, STATES, WEATHER, Western Australia Tags: , ,

MELON CROPS DEVASTATED IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY BECAUSE OF VIRUS

Katherine NT melon grower spends $1.5 million developing farm only to take huge hit from devastating CGMMV virus The outbreak of the Cucumber Green Mottle Mosaic virus (CGMMV) is devastating the Northern Territory melon industry. John Hedericks is one of a number of growers in the Katherine region who has had his farm quarantined and […]

October 26th, 2014
Topic: FRUIT VEG SMALL CROPS, Melons, Northern Territory, OUTBREAKS, PESTS DISEASES BACTERIA VIRUSES Tags: , ,