Phil Pyke

About Phil Pyke

Business Development Manager
Fruit Growers Tasmania
03 6231 1944
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Tasmania state report – Aug/Sep 2018

Tasmania had a warm, dry summer that was ideal for fruit production resulting in above average fruit size and quality. The project team for the Australian apple export manual and post-harvest guide includes (from left) Dr Rajendra Adhikari, Ian Cover and Dr Sally Bound (absent: Dr Robert Nissen). Crop production is estimated to [...]

By |August 21st, 2018|Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Apr/May 2018

Mid-January saw news arrive for Tasmanian apple growers that they thought they’d never hear: outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly. Tasmanian apple growers Shane Weeks (left) and Brett Squibb (right) are following new protocols to transport their fruit outside the state. Detections occurred on Flinders Island in Bass Strait, then at Spreyton, Sassafras and [...]

By |April 20th, 2018|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

Another Qfly found in Tas as surveillance continues

The detection of one male Queensland fruit fly in the Launceston suburb Mowbray in the State’s north is of significant concern to Tasmania’s apple and pear growers. The presence of fly in a trap is being investigated by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE), following a report from a member of [...]

By |April 10th, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds|

Fruit fly challenges for the island state

Mid-January saw news arrive for Tasmanian apple growers that they thought they’d never hear – outbreaks of Queensland fruit fly. Tasmanian apple growers Shane Weeks (lt) and Brett Squibb (rt) are following new protocols to transport their fruit outside the State. From initial reports of detections on Flinders Island in Bass Strait to [...]

By |March 1st, 2018|Biosecurity, News, Pests, diseases and weeds, Tasmania|

Tasmanian trade continues despite fruit fly detection

Despite fruit fly detections in Tasmania, fruit grown outside of the fruit fly control area can continue to be exported with guidelines now in place for buying and selling fruit across mainland Tasmania for the next three months.  Tasmanian fruit outside of the fruit fly control area can continue to be shipped and exported. [...]

By |January 31st, 2018|Biosecurity, Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Aug/Sep 2017

As Tasmanian growers prepare for the forth-coming season, a new resource will ensure their workers receive the best awareness of farm safety. Alex Beem films Safe Farming chairman Corey Spencer and dog Rocket during a section on ATV safety. Fruit Growers Tasmania (FGT) has been working with Phillip John of the Department of [...]

By |August 1st, 2017|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Apr/May 2017

Tasmania was the recent focus of a group of young Japanese farmers from Biei seeking to learn more about Australian growing practices. The delegation was brought to Tasmania by Japan Agriculture Cooperatives, the national body covering 694 regional co-ops in Japan supplying members with input for production, undertaking packaging, transportation, and marketing of agricultural products. [...]

By |April 1st, 2017|Tasmania|

Tasmania calls for bumble bee trials to progress

Endemic populations of bumble bees in Tasmania could help to improve pollination services in the state if trials are allowed to progress, a Senate Inquiry hearing in Hobart was told in February 2017. Bumble bees could be used to pollinate Tasmania’s apple, pear and other horticultural crops. Overseas, Bombus terrestris (bumble bees) are [...]

By |April 1st, 2017|Dormancy, flowering and pollination, News, Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Dec 2016/Jan 2017

With the backpacker tax issue still ongoing, the government of Vanuatu has stepped in to offer agricultural workers to Tasmania as the uncertainty of the backpacker tax continues. A delegation from Vanuatu recently arrived in Tasmania to hold talks with the State Government, State Opposition, employment services companies and fruit growers.The High Commissioner of Vanuatu [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Oct/Nov 2016

Fruit Growers Tasmania has been busy lobbying hard to stop the proposed backpacker tax proceeding. The potential outcomes of the backpacker tax saw a delegation of Tasmanian fruit, vegetable and wine producers head to Canberra recently with representatives from Fruit Growers Tasmania, Linx Employment, Tasmania Farmers and Graziers Association and Primary Employers Tasmania. Frustrated by [...]

By |September 30th, 2016|Tasmania|