Apple & Pear Australia

About Apple & Pear Australia

APAL is an industry representative body and not-for-profit membership organisation that supports Australia’s commercial apple and pear growers.

Why be jack of all trades when you be master of one?

Running an agricultural business often means being a jack of many trades - an orchardist one minute, a plumber or mechanic the next and an accountant or market analyst by the end of the day. Written by Gordon Donovan. Some of these tasks require skills that come easily, others might be hard to master, frustrating [...]

By |August 22nd, 2019|Future Business, Labour / employment|

Planting, pruning, pest strategies for more profitable pears

Marcel Veens leads an orchard walk of the Agriculture Victoria experimental pear orchard in Tatura as part of the 2019 Pear Masterclass.   Pear growers looking to boost profitability were given an insight into the best performing pear-planting systems, how new cultivars are shaping up, thinning and fertilising strategies and better ways of [...]

IPDM all part of the award-winning strategy

Written by Dr Paul Horne, IPM Technologies. Jason Shields checking for mealy bug: In order to address an issue with mealy bug a few years ago, Jason decided to stop spraying chemicals to control the pest – now there’s no sign of the pest in the orchard. Image: Abram Rasmussen A commitment to [...]

GMV Regional Fruit Fly Project secures extension

Victorian Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes and GMV Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield. Victoria’s Minister for Agriculture Jaclyn Symes has announced the Goulburn Murray Valley (GMV) Regional Fruit Fly Project will be extended until 30 June, 2020. GMV Regional Fruit Fly Coordinator Ross Abberfield said the project, which commenced in 2017, had [...]

Open applications for Coles Nurture Fund 2019

  Coles launched the $50 million Nurture Fund in April 2015 to help small businesses innovate and grow. Since then, Coles have offered more than $19 million in financial support to 50 different producers to help fund the development of new market-leading products, technologies, and processes. Apple and Pear growers have successfully secured funding in previous [...]

By |August 12th, 2019|Grants and Finance, News, Opportunities|

Has your labour hire provider applied for a licence?

Victorian growers are encouraged to check with their labour hire providers that they have applied for a licence to provide workers for hire under the new Labour Licensing Scheme. From 30 October, 2019, growers must only use licensed labour hire providers, or providers that have applied for a licence and it has not been refused, [...]

By |August 8th, 2019|Labour / employment, News, Victoria|

ACCC referral of producer reaches penalty in Federal Court

  The ACCC has proven willing to enforce recent changes to the Horticultural Code of Conduct by identifying terms of contracts between Australia’s largest potato wholesaler, Mitolo Group Pty Ltd, and some of its potato growers as unfair. This signals a more active crackdown on industries the ACCC is concerned may contain more widespread non-compliance. Traders and [...]

By |August 6th, 2019|Industry Issues, Labour / employment, News|

Seeka eyes sale/leaseback of orchards to drive growth

New Zealand kiwifruit and pear grower and marketer Seeka is looking at the sale and leaseback of its Australian kiwifruit orchards as part of a growth strategy for the fruit in the country, but will retain ownership of pear orchards. Seeka Sales Manager Cameron Carter talks pears at Asia Fruit Logistica, in Hong Kong, in [...]

By |August 6th, 2019|Pears|

Advocacy update from Canberra

With Parliament resumed, APAL’s Head of Advocacy and Government Relations Jeremy Griffith spent some time in Canberra meeting with local members for several of the industry’s growing regions to discuss advocacy objectives. Those met with include Dr Mike Kelly of Eden Monaro, which includes Batlow, Nola Marina of Forrest, which includes Manjimup and Donnybrook in [...]

Soil characterisation in Australian apple orchards

By calibrating new data with soil moisture data, growers can know when, how much and for how long to irrigate to supply enough water to meet tree demand, writes Marcus Hardie and Nigel Swarts from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (UTAS). Despite the economic importance of the Australian apple industry little is known about the [...]