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….

Plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park land, Chinese developers to build accommodation exclusive for wealthy tourist

NEARLY 37 hectares of Lindeman Island National Park will be privatised if the recommendations of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) released this afternoon are approved. The EIS details plans to privatise Lindeman Island National Park and place it in the hands of Chinese company, Whitehorse Developments, which will create exclusive accommodation for wealthy tourists. The…

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…

Wycheproof farms sold to Chinese-backed company Rifa Salutary

THE rapid rise of Chinese-backed pastoral company Rifa Salutary as a major agricultural player continues, with its purchase of two farms at Wycheproof in an investment worth about $9 million. Rifa Salutary chief executive David Goodfellow confirmed the purchase of Kulwin Park and McNicholl’s, covering 4534ha, from father and son vendors Murray and Mich­ael Stapleton….

Australia to provide funding to help Indonesia boost tourism, create 10 new Balis

Australia to provide funding to help Indonesia boost tourism, create 10 new Balis Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia has emphasised the Federal Government’s commitment to try and help boost tourism in Indonesia. On Monday, Paul Grigson said Australia would be providing funding through the World Bank to help create 10 new Balis. That commitment reportedly dominated…

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…