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TAS Country : August 19th 2010
Friday, August 20, 2010 Tasmanian Country 3 Mind your own bees JENNIFER CRAWLEY Peter Volker Continued Page A RADICAL plan by Forestry Tas- mania to hand back management of bees in forests to beekeepers could change forever how honey is produced in state-owned forests. The plan was put at a meeting with beekeepers on Tuesday amid uproar over a hike in Forestry Tasmania apiary fees. Forestry Tasmania field services boss Peter Volker said he was confident the plan would appease beekeepers facing an increase in site fees from $12.10c to $25 a year and from $2.20 to $2.50c a year per hive. ''My plan will change how the whole beekeeping on state forests is adminis- tered,'' Mr Volker said. Details of the plan would not be made public until negotiations were finalised, Mr Vol- ker said. Long-term trade- able leases have been at the heart of months of nego- tiations between the two groups. Industry peak body Australian Honeybee chair Lindsay Bourke said security of tenure was the most press- ing issue for beekeepers. Mr Bourke said he had attended more than 20 meetings over leases and was now confident an agreement could be reached. ''I am very happy with the new proposal,'' Mr Bourke said. ''We will take the proposal to our members now.'' Mr Volker said honey production would not be managed by Forestry Tasmania in the new plan. ''This plan makes it simpler for both of us,'' Mr Volker said. ''It resolves the issue of long-term leases. ''Forestry Tasmania will manage the forests and somebody else will manage the business of honey production. ''Now the ball's in the beekeepers' court and they have to decide.'' PREPARED: Craig Fyfe and Josh Sattler from Roberts demonstrate a birdscarer. Picture: JENNIFER CRAWLEY Grapes of Ross lesson for farmers JENNIFER CRAWLEY ''IT'S all to do with the weather''. That was the assessment of vine growing presented to more than 100 people who filled Ross Town Hall last Thursday at the annual viticulture day hosted by rural company Roberts. The latest research on growing pinot noir grapes and getting the best wine from vines was presented by Tasmanian wine industry notables including scientist Richard Smart and University of Tasmania PhD student Fiona Kerslake. Roberts business manager Craig Fyfe said farmers who had diversified into grapes formed the bulk of vine growers at the viticulture conference. ''We've got farmers who run sheep, fat lambs and cattle and grow crops and vegies,'' Mr Fyfe said. ''That's how Roberts got involved with the viticulture business. These guys always came to us for their rural supplies and kept coming when they started planting grapes.'' Dr Richard Smart said his latest research at winery Tamar Ridge questioned the importance of thinning vines. The presence of UV light was vital for the development of good grapes and good wine. TIAR Phd student Fiona Kerslake said her five-year project showed that the season had a far greater affect on the grapes and wine quality than any viticulture technique she employed. ''It's all to do with the weather,'' Ms Kerslake said. ''It's the season that makes our wines so great but also makes it so hard for vine growers.'' Ms Kerslake said if only farmers could look into the future to know what sort of season was coming they could prepare their vines. This is the 8th year the viticulture day has been run by Roberts. State sales manager Josh Sattler said 25 people attended the first year. ''The viticulture makes up a big part of our business,'' Mr Sattler said. ''The viticulture days are an opportunity for us to put something back, to invest some money back into the industry.'' Don t miss our latest Brassica Guide Tas Country 27th of August Pasja Ba a Seeds Contact David Squibb on 0425 790 222 Brassica selection guide How to establish, graze and manage your crop Brassica Guide Seeds www.wrightsonseeds.com.au orage ra es leafy turni s ul turni s her s and more Seeds Pest and disease guide Varieties to suit your feed requirements a NEW
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