Weekly Newswire 16th February 2022

Published on February 16, 2022

Our pick of current industry news, events, developments and opportunities:

Riverland red grape prices plummet as pandemic, tariffs and trade challenges take hold

Following a bumper vintage last year, global freight pressures, an excess of stock in storage, tariffs in China and changing consumer behaviour due to the pandemic, demand for grapes is low. 

The pressures are particularly being felt by red grape growers, with the dent in the massive Chinese market following the introduction of tariffs. 

Read more on ABC News

Burra Downs Dates secures $400,000 Woolworths Organic Growth Fund for packhouse upgrade

A major cash injection will help an organic date grower fight back against the wave of imported product entering Australia.

Located in the Riverland region, Gurra Downs Date Company is run by Dave, Anita and Shaun Reilly who have been growing organic produce for more than 30 years, planting salt-tolerant date trees in the early 1990s in a move to adapt to irrigation water drawn from the Gurra Gurra Wetlands.

Read more about their grant on The Land

Implementing IPM on-farm around Australia

The Soil Wealth ICP project has collected case studies of vegetable growers in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia who have successfully implemented integrated pest management (IPM) practices on their farms, including their approach, the challenges they have overcome and the lessons learnt in the process.

Find out more at Ausveg

Big changes recommended by telecoms review, NFF says Government must act

The NFF is buoyed by the Regional Telecommunications Independent Review Committee’s tabled response to submissions received through the 2021 Regional Telecommunications Review.

“The Review Committee has demonstrated an in-depth understanding of the inequalities faced by regional Australians and highlighted the urgent need to bridge the connectivity gap,” NFF Telecommunications Committee Chair and Roma farmer Peter Thompson said.

“We welcome the highly practical recommendations of the Committee, many picking up on those offered by the NFF and the Regional, Rural and Remote Communications Coalition.

Read more at National Farmers Federation