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.

Data crucial to Ag Visa’s advancement

Prime Minister Scott Morrison indicated support for the new Ag Visa program at the National Farmer’s Federation (NFF) Congress last week, but only on the condition that “hard data” was supplied. The NFF Congress convened in Canberra to discuss the most important issues facing Australian farmers. In addition to discussions about drought and diversity in [...]

By |October 24th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

Hort Innovation apple and pear industry internships

Hort Innovation's Graduate Engagement Program is a scholarship for final-year university students granted with the intention of drawing promising graduates to the industry who might not have otherwise considered a future in horticulture. Following a 10-12 week internship, successful applicants will then be offered a graduate year following the completion of their degree. Two of [...]

By |October 24th, 2018|Opportunities, Scholarships|

Australian Fruitgrower – Oct/Nov 2018

CEO Report APAL has devoted considerable effort to mapping the strengths and challenges facing the apple and pear industry and preparing a strategy to deliver real improvement in value over the five years to 2023. Read more Download the Oct/Nov 2018 edition of Australian Fruitgrower (pdf). Profile Eyeing the [...]

By |October 22nd, 2018|Australian Fruitgrower|

National Rural Women’s Coalition Canberra Muster

  The 2018 National Rural Women's Coalition (NRWC) Canberra Muster is a leadership development program specifically for rural, remote, and regional (RRR) women aged between 25-40. Over a three-day program of workshops in Canberra, participants will develop their leadership skills and confidence, enjoying guest speakers and a visit to our Australian Parliament. Successful participants agree [...]

By |October 17th, 2018|Opportunities, Training and workshops|

US apple imports to be considered

Apple and Pear Industry Update APAL has been advised that the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources will begin an import risk analysis for apples from the Pacific Northwest States (Oregon, Idaho and Washington) of the United States of America in November 2018. This is the result of a direct request by the US Government. [...]

By |October 16th, 2018|Biosecurity, Industry Issues, News|

Industry strategy: Laying out the industry plan for action

Over the next five years, the apple and pear industry has the potential to positively shift its commercial and sustainability prospects. This is the core message to come out of the new Apple and Pear Industry Strategy 2018-2023 co-ordinated on behalf of the industry by APAL.  It’s a positive outlook for growers operating in an [...]

By |October 15th, 2018|Industry Issues, News|

Plans for national crisis management plan

Apple and pear industry groups will work together to develop a national cross-jurisdictional crisis management plan to ensure consumers have access to clear, consistent, and fact-based information in the event of any future concerns around food safety. State apple and pear association representatives meeting at an APAL-convened gathering in Melbourne on 8 October to discuss [...]

By |October 10th, 2018|Industry Issues, News|

Artisanal Sector Program grants

The Minister for Agriculture Jaala Pulford has announced a series of grants, an Artisanal Sector Roadmap, and the launch of an online portal for artisan producers. Stage one grants support artisan producers to improve productivity or grow their business through small-scale investments in equipment, skills, and services. Stage one grants are open now until 31 January 2019. [...]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Grants and Finance, Opportunities|

New appointment to boost jobs in Southeast Qld

Queensland's Growcom has appointed Craig Dillon to service agriculture employers across south-east Queensland to alleviate any stress they may face when trying to source new staff members. "Agriculture is a volatile industry, with seasonal changes highly influencing workface needs, and it can be an uphill battle trying to promote its benefits to jobseekers,”said Growcom Workforce Development [...]

By |October 3rd, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

Queensland Rural Economic Development Grants Program

The Queensland Government has announced a new $10 million Rural Economic Development Grants Program open to projects the Minister for Agricultural Industry Development Mark Furner has called 'shovel-ready'. “A slice of the $10 million will be awarded to successful projects across regional Queensland that add value to agricultural products, help to develop new markets, or [...]

By |September 24th, 2018|Grants and Finance, Opportunities|