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|

New hub for jobs in the Apple Isle

In an initiative between the Tasmanian Government and agricultural industry representatives, Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff today launched a new website to attract people to agricultural jobs in the Apple Isle. The Tasmanian Agricultural Jobs website is an online hub for people looking for seasonal, casual, part- or full-time roles in agriculture across Tasmania. There is [...]

By |December 14th, 2016|Labour / employment, Tasmania|

A winning path to exports

Success in business comes in many forms, the success at Hansen Orchards in Tasmania is not just a positive line in the balance sheet but also a motivated and passionate team of people working towards growing good quality fruit that can be enjoyed by people around the globe.  Howard Hansen, Managing Director of Hansen Orchards, [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Exporter profiles, 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|

Why create your own crisis?

An insider’s view of the backpacker tax Phil Pyke from Fruit Growers Tasmania ignites the discussion about the proposed backpacker tax and warns of pending disaster for fruit growers in his state and beyond if the tax proceeds.   One can only ever wonder the outcomes of ignoring workplace hazards that may potentially cause injuries [...]

By |September 20th, 2016|Industry Issues, News, Tasmania|

Tasmania state report – Aug/Sep 2016

Fruit Growers Tasmania’s annual Conference took the opportunity to link in with the mid-year southern loop of Future Orchards® as part of the Conference agenda and promotion. This connection saw a record number of growers and industry representatives attend the day, along with 15 students from TasTAFE’s Production Horticulture Course, while giving FGT the opportunity [...]

By |August 1st, 2016|Tasmania|

China’s FruitDay promotes Tasmanian apples

Chinese online fruit retailer, FruitDay, have built a strong promotional presence for Tasmanian Tiger Fuji apples on their website and have indicated that sales of the exclusive apples have started strongly. Tasmanian Tiger Fuji apples as presented on the FruitDay website (Source: http://www.fruitday.com/). FruitDay’s website promotes the Tasmanian Tiger Fuji apples as being [...]

By |July 6th, 2016|Exporting, News, Tasmania|

A growing future

By Richelle Zealley Study has opened Thomas Griggs' mind to the opportunities the horticulture industry can bring, he hopes to develop the skills to one day manage his own orchard. Born to an apple-growing family and working at Hansen Orchards in Tasmania got Thomas Griggs interested in the apple industry, but it was his [...]

By |February 5th, 2016|Profile, Tasmania|