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.

Free online Chain of Responsiblity training

A free training unit developed by AgSafe to provide an overview of the significantly-expanded new Chain of Responsibility  provisions in relation to heavy vehicle operation is now available online. The changes to the Heavy Vehicle National Law (HVNL) that came into effect on 1 October 2018 align Chain of Responsibility more closely with work health and [...]

SA Hailstorm update

Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) CEO Susie Green has given an update on the damage to crops incurred during the hailstorm two weeks ago. APGASA undertook damage assessments late last week by sampling around 85 blocks across the Adelaide Hills Region, with at least one sample collected from nearly every grower. As [...]

By |December 5th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Apple consumer data now available online

Reports on consumer apple-purchasing behaviour, by volume, and by value, are now available via an online levy-funded dashboard Harvest to Home. Harvest to Home is an analytics tool, developed by global measurement and data analytics company Nielsen Australia, and Hort Innovation, providing insights on market performance and shopper behaviour for a range of industries. Reports are housed [...]

By |December 4th, 2018|Hort Innovation, Industry Data, News|

SA growers count crop losses after hail strikes again

  APGASA CEO Susie Green addresses a grower meeting to discuss assessment of damage and next steps in the wake of last week's severe hail storms. For the second consecutive year, growers in the South Australian Adelaide Hills have been struck by severe hail storms, just as the new season's young fruit was [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Netting, hail and sunburn, News|

Trans-Tasman biosecurity alliance

Led by Australia’s Plant Biosecurity Research Initiative (PBRI) and New Zealand’s Better Border Biosecurity (B3NZ) and cemented by a Memorandum of Understanding between Australia and New Zealand, a new joint initiative will focus on biosecurity Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) efforts at pre-border, border, and post-border stages. The initiative also aims to build capacity to [...]

By |November 27th, 2018|Biosecurity, News|

Protecting Workers – Agriculture’s Licence to Operate

Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) has categorically condemned the mistreatment of agricultural workers and denounced unscrupulous operators who damage the ‘clean, green’ reputation of Australian industry as a whole. Responding to the Harvest Trail Inquiry final report released by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO), APAL has expressed serious concern at the level of non-compliance detailed [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

APAL appointment signals export readiness kick-off

New APAL Industry Services and Export Manager Justin Smith Apple and Pear Australia Ltd (APAL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Justin Smith to the role of Industry Services & Export Manager. CEO Phil Turnbull said redressing a historical imbalance of investment and focus, particularly in terms of market access and [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Exporting, News|

Fair Farms Initiative secures $1.5m

  The national Fair Farms Initiative (FFI) designed to improve workplace relations practices across Australian horticulture was given an additional $1.5m in ongoing funding last week. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the ongoing funding for the FFI Monday, 5 November following discussions at the recent National Farmer’s Federation (NFF) Congress, where he spoke about the proposed [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Labour / employment, News|

Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program

  The Victorian Rural Women’s Leadership and Mentoring Program is offering rural and regional Victorian women involved in agriculture or the agriculture supply chain the opportunity to apply for funded places on established leadership and mentoring courses over the next three years (2019-2021). These programs are the Victorian Regional Community Leadership Program, the Williamson Community [...]

By |November 14th, 2018|Opportunities, Training and workshops|

Post-harvest physiology and technology seminar 2019

Wednesday, 16 January 2019 | 8:30am-5pm | PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport Successful management of apples and pears in the specialised area of post-harvest is increasingly driven by technology. Presenters at the 2019 post-harvest seminar will share information and examples of how the progressive operators, both locally and internationally, are implementing effective practices backed by an understanding [...]

By |November 13th, 2018|PIPS, Post-harvest quality|