$10m to help combat pest
A further $10million has been invested into sterile fruit fly research as part of a three-year Hort Innovation-managed project.
After the difficulties that come with a hot season last year, fruit growers around the Goulburn Valley are set to be faced with a lack of water for the season ahead.
Local grain growers and industry representatives will convene in Moama on July 25 to hear the latest research, find out more about the season ahead, explore future trends and meet up with industry representatives and like-minded farmers.
The Australian horticulture sector continues to go from strength to strength, with the value of horticulture exports closing in on Australia’s lamb and dairy sectors.
A new website is providing independent, expert advice on integrated pest and disease management to the apple and pear industries and service providers.
Former state and local government worker Mel Floyd is Fruit Growers Victoria’s new business development manager.
While the final sale price of SPC has surprised some, growers around the region are hoping for a more positive future under its new owner.
Despite SPC’s sale at a bargain basement price of $40million, the process and announcement was handled with some dignity for the grand old lady.
For most of its life, the SPC business was a co-operative, founded by Goulburn Valley orchardists wanting to build an outlet for their produce.
Horticulture has become one of the country’s most valuable agriculture industries, according to new figures.
Researchers are investigating how to implement sex selection in fruit flies in a bid to ramp up control and eradication measures for the Australian horticulture industry’s most costly pest.
Access to water throughout the entire year has seen a third-generation vegetable grower capitalise on the cooler months at her Tatura farm, and she says there’s a real market for vegetable growers in the Goulburn Valley.
Bringing together research and practical application was the focus of the seventh annual Australian Biology of Tephritid Fruit Flies Conference, held across two days last week.
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