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….

Qatar’s $500m food bank farms in Australia

The murky world of Middle Eastern politics, Islamic extremists and terrorism seems far away as a mob of sheep with young lambs at foot quietly graze the daisy-flecked paddocks of Barton ­Station against a backdrop of ­Victoria’s spectacular Grampian ranges. Experienced agribusiness boss John McKillop hopes it stays that way. Mr McKillop heads Hassad Australia,…

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…

China bans exports from another Australian dairy milk group 

THE regulatory minefield Australian companies must navigate to export agricultural goods to China has caught out another dairy company, with global giant Parmalat slapped with a suspension of its fresh milk licence. Just days after infant milk formula group Bellamy’s had its crucial licence to export milk powder to China suspended without warning, Parmalat has…

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…

Chinese government trade bank may get mortgage over Darwin port

The Chinese owner of the Port of Darwin is using the port as security to seek a $500 million loan from the Chinese government’s trade bank.Private Chinese company  Landbridge is seeking the loan from the Chinese government’s Export-Import Bank (EXIM) to prop up the firm’s ailing Australian operations, which include an $880,000 yearly consulting fee…