Weekly Newswire 23rd February 2022

Published on February 23, 2022

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

Freshcare Unveils New Event for Small Business Month

Freshcare invites NSW small businesses that grow, pack, handle or distribute fresh produce and work throughout our supply chain, to join us for a networking event focused on certification options that protect and elevate the Australian horticulture industry.

Proudly supported by the NSW Government, this free event will be hosted by Freshcare CEO Jane Siebum and will provide business owners and managers with a better understanding of certification standards. Freshcare supports our industry and hopes to provide you the opportunities to help your business in the fresh produce supply chain, access new buyers and markets.

Get your tickets here and find more Small Business Month events here.

Growers Continue to Feel Price Squeeze

Vegetable and potato prices have remained stable over the last two years despite record rises in farm input costs.

The latest data from Harvest to Home indicates that retail prices for produce have remained at pre-pandemic levels while growers face increases of more than 40 per cent in fertiliser, chemical and fuel costs, and increases by more than 20 per cent in wages and even airfares.    

Read the full report from AUSVEG here.

New Hort Innovation CEO Appointed

After an extensive and thorough recruitment process, Hort Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Brett Fifield as the new Chief Executive Officer, following Matt Brand’s resignation.

Mr Fifield will join Hort Innovation on April 26 from his current role as the Deputy Director General, Infrastructure, Investment and Business Development, and member of the Executive Leadership Team, at the NSW Department of Primary Industries in Orange.

Read the full media release at Hort Innovation

Hope put in mushrooms to help food industry nutrition gaps

Mushrooms could be the “missing link” in bridging Australia’s food nutrition gaps.

Nutrition Research Australia (NRAUS) is looking to identify nutrition issues within the Australian food industry’s food service sector, and use mushrooms to help out.

Read more at Good Fruit and Vegetables

Rainy summer turns harvesting fruit into never ending passion

The summer rain has been playing havoc for passionfruit grower Tom Carey, now two months into harvest on his farm at The Channon in northern New South Wales.

So far the crop has proven fruitful with good numbers and great colour, but the continuous rain has been leaving its mark.

“It’s really tricky to control disease in this wet weather, it’s hard to get on the paddock with a tractor,” Mr Carey of Terania Creek Passionfruit said.

Read more at ABC News.