Australian beef processors hit by China export ban

CHINA has placed temporary export bans on as many as six beef processing plants in Australia. There have been allegations the bans are in retaliation to deputy Prime Minister Julie Bishop’s comments last week over freedom of navigation in the South China Sea. One meat processor has confirmed the temporary ban to The Weekly Times….

Food waste shapes up as a national scandal

UP TO half the food produced in Australia every year — about 44 million tonnes — is thrown away. According to an Australian Institute study, Australians are discarding food worth $5.2 billion a year. Shiny potatoes, carrots that are too big and bananas “too sausage-shaped” are being rejected by supermarkets, adding to the food waste…

Tasmanian olive grower pays price for cheap imports

TONNES of olives are going to waste at one Tasmanian grove as consumers choose cheaper imported olive oils. Christine Mann has owned the award-winning Glendale Olive Grove at White Hills since 2013. The grove, planted in 2005, is the second biggest in Tasmania with 9000 trees on 15ha. Despite an abundance of top-quality olives that…

Concerns for biosecurity risks as raw prawn imports resume

INDUSTRY leaders fear the Government has bowed to ­foreign pressure and rushed a decision to resume raw prawn imports from 7th July , exposing the country to further biosecurity risks. Raw prawn imports were suspended for six months on January 6 as an outbreak of white spot disease spread through farms on the Logan River,…

Australia lifts ban on Vietnam raw shrimp

 Australia has lifted the ban it imposed in January on uncooked Vietnamese shrimp products. Vietnamese companies may resume importing raw prawns caught in Australia for processing and export them to Australia for consumption. The department “will be accepting permit applications for uncooked Australian wild caught prawns exported to Vietnam for processing and re-imported into Australia…

Fears proposal to allow lime imports could jeopardise Australian lime industry 

There are fears the Australian lime industry could be jeopardised by a Federal Government plan to allow the import of Tahitian limes from five Pacific nations. The Department of Agriculture’s draft report for the review of biosecurity import requirements for fruit from the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu proposes that imports be permitted….

Dairy farmer facing $180,000 fine after battle with council 

A dairy farmer hoping to save his struggling family farm is facing a huge $180,000 fine after a battle with the local council over opening up his scenic backyard to holiday campers. The Sunshine Coast Council issued the fine to Shane Paulger for not complying with council regulations or getting his campsite approved. Mr Paulger…

More than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork.

MOST consumers remain unaware that more than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork. Australian Pork Limited chief executive officer Andrew Spencer said most people assumed that the tasty, crispy bacon they’re enjoying was Australian. “While people prefer to buy Australian and support our farmers, most consumers simply have no…

More than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork.

MOST consumers remain unaware that more than two thirds of bacon sold in Australia is made from imported pork. Australian Pork Limited chief executive officer Andrew Spencer said most people assumed that the tasty, crispy bacon they’re enjoying was Australian. “While people prefer to buy Australian and support our farmers, most consumers simply have no…

Super funds call for register of foreign owned farms 

Industry superannuation funds have called for tougher foreign investment rules around Australian agriculture as they seek to ramp up their investment in the sector. Industry Super Australia, which represents not-for-profit industry funds, said quality Australian farming assets were being cherry-picked by foreign investors. Chief economist Stephen Anthony has called for a government register of foreign…