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TAS Country : August 12th 2010
Friday, August 13, 2010 Tasmanian Country 15 News Woolies goes for Tassie grown' JENNIFER CRAWLEY HOME GROWN: Lola Paine BUYS Tassie grown apples. Picture: JENNIFER CRAWLEY TASMANIAN produce will now be labelled as Tassie Grown in Woolwor- ths stores across the state. The Tassie Grown labels are an initiative based on customer request, said Woolworths Tasmania manager Brett O'Dea. ''Customers want to know what producers have grown locally, that's what they want to buy,'' Mr O'Dea said. The labels were placed this week on produce in 28 stores, 14 in the north and 14 in the south. Seafood and fresh pro- duce are the main items labelled. Mr O'Dea said meat would be labelled in ''a matter of weeks''. ''We have about 100 lines of fresh Tasmanian pro- duce which accounts for about a third of what we sell,'' he said. Mr O'Dea said Tasman- ian customers were par- ochial when it came to shopping. ''And rightly so,'' he said. ''Labelling is going to identify the source and customers choose because of the source.'' The introduction of the Tassie Grown labelling will give local farmers more visibility on the supermarket shelf, Mr ODea added. ''We need to support lo- cal growers, it's in every- ones best interests.'' New Town Woolworths shopper Lola Paine said she was happy that the apples she was buying were Tasmanian. ''I like buying Tasman- ian,'' Ms Paine said. Tasmanian apples and honey were her favourite produce, ''Tasmanian honey tastes better than anything you can get on the mainland''. Tasmanian produce in Woolworths stores in- cludes broccoli, cabbage, celery, mushrooms, par- snips, carrot, potatoes, pumpkins, rhubarb, onions, salad leaves, oys- ters, scallops, sausages, eggs, and diary produce. ''Our Tassie Grown in- itiative is not a promotion or marketing gimmick that you will see one day and won't see the next,'' Mr O'Dea said. New rules on scales calibration THE Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association has urged farmers familiarise themselves with new rules governing the use of on-farm scales. TFGA chief Jan Davis said this was especially important when farmers were making agistment and other contracts. ''If the scales are not regis- tered or certified, they cannot be used as the basis for any agree- ment. It could lead to a pros- ecution,'' Ms Davis said. The use of on-farm scales came under Federal law on July 1, making the National Measurement Institute the re- sponsible governing body. Scales used for internal measurement and not for sale or trade do not need to be of an approved type and do not have to be certified. Carbon trading awareness gauge TASMANIAN farmers are be- ing encouraged to take part in a survey to find out about their awareness of carbon trading. Rural Development Services senior consultant Don Defen- derfer said the key was finding out what farmers do and do not know about carbon issues and the type of information they need to get involved. About 40 farmers will be contacted directly by phone for the survey but others are being encouraged to participate online. The survey is part of the federally funded and PFT in- itiated $255,000 Carbon Plan- tations Project. Farmers who want to partici- pate in the survey can log onto tinyurl.com/RDS-Carbon- Plantations-Survey.
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