Apple & Pear Australia

About Apple & Pear Australia

APAL is an industry representative body and non-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.

APGASA granted $400,000 to help curb energy costs

More than 20 South Australian apple, pear, and cherry growers are set to benefit from a $400,000 grant from the state government for new infrastructure aimed at reducing on-farm energy costs. The funds have been granted to the Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) as part of a $1 million state project [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|News, South Australia|

Exciting times for an expanding South Australian orchard

  This article was originally published on Magarey Orchard is celebrating its 110th anniversary and has been growing pears for over a century.   Magarey Orchard is expanding its plum production, with extra plantings set to increase its volumes within the next five years. Cousins Judy and Eljsa Magarey are fifth generation farmers, and [...]

By |February 19th, 2019|Growing, Pears, South Australia|

State Associations round up

On Tuesday 12 Feb, APAL Head of Advocacy and Government Relations Jeremy Griffith hosted a State Associations teleconference with the goal of bringing together state grower bodies and facilitate collaboration. Present on the call were representatives from every apple and pear growing state: Fruit Growers Victoria, Fruit Growers Tasmania, NSW Farmers, APGASA (SA), Growcom (Qld), [...]

By |February 13th, 2019|Advocacy, Industry Issues, News|

Tasmanian Bushfire update

Firefighters near Geeveston. Photo: Luke Bowden Tasmanian orchards have avoided the worst of the damage from the bushfires that have been raging through the Huon Valley and surrounds for more than a week. According to growers in the region, no orchards have yet been impacted and fruit remains unaffected, though eight homes have [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|News, Tasmania|

E.E. Muir & Sons honoured for environmental stewardship

An ongoing commitment to the land and securing the sustainability of Australian agriculture has led E.E. Muir & Sons to be named the Asia Pacific Regional Winner of the 2018 Corteva Environmental Respect Awards. This article was originally published in AUSVEG magazine Vegetables Australia, who spoke to Managing Director Ian Muir about the prestigious accolade and [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|Victoria|

Churchill Fellowships 2019

A Churchill Fellowship provides an opportunity for talented Australian Citizens to travel overseas to investigate inspiring practices they're passionate about to enable the exchange of knowledge, technology, and experience for the benefit of Australian Society. It is for anyone who has exhausted alternatives within Australia and would like to see what other countries are doing successfully in [...]

By |January 30th, 2019|Opportunities, Scholarships|

State Government waives $1.3m Lenswood debt

The State Government has waived $1.3 million in debt for Lenswood Cold Stores Co-Operative Society following a third consecutive year of adverse weather events impacting the industry. Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development Tim Whetstone said the State Government had approved the debt write-off of the $1.3 million loan to support the important packing [...]

By |January 23rd, 2019|News|

Hort industry seeks your say on new strategic direction

Hort Innovation have called out to industry stakeholders to get involved and provide their input on the direction of the new corporate strategy. Under the leadership of CEO Matt Brand, a national roadshow of consultation workshops will kick off in New South Wales at the end of this month, visiting all states and territories, concluding in April. Matt [...]

Ag Outlook moderately upbeat

Despite growing volatility posed by Brexit, US-China trade disputes, EU free trade negotiations and predictions of a deepening global slowdown, there is cause for growers to feel moderately upbeat about the economic future. Compiled by Rural Bank’s Ag Answers insights division and released last week, the Australian Agriculture Outlook predicts the value of horticultural exports [...]

By |January 22nd, 2019|News|

Making decisions for better quality fruit

With the growing number of evolving technologies available, it is more important than ever those involved in horticulture focus on information that helps them make decisions in a timely manner that manage for better quality fruit. Speaking at the Post-harvest 2019 seminar on 16 January in Melbourne, AgroFresh Research & Development Manager for Australia & [...]

By |January 22nd, 2019|Cold storage, Fruit quality and monitoring, News|