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TAS Country : August 26th 2010
8 Tasmanian Country Friday, August 27, 2010 News Boss cries poor over grapes of wrath THREE years after he was de- scribed within the industry as the nation’s ‘‘leading bulk wine sales- man’’, former Rivers Wines boss Andrew Ersoy Hashim is repor- tedly bankrupt. He claims he is unable to pay fines and costs awarded against him. Convicted in his absence in March, Mr Hashim was last week fined $51,000 in the Adelaide Magistrates’ Court on 34 counts of making false, misleading or in- complete records. The charges relate to the identity of 500 tonnes of grapes processed at Rivers’ Renmark winery in 2003. Auxiliary Magistrate Charles Eardley also ordered Mr Hashim to pay more than $58,000 in costs. Rivers Wines, which had plead- ed guilty to similar charges, was fined more than $316,000. The court had heard winegrape growers supplied sultana grapes to Rivers Wines, which were then listed on purchasing documents as chardonnay. Rivers Wines then sold the juice in bulk to other wine companies, including Hardys and Orlando Wines, as chardonnay. At the time, sultana grapes were fetching $250 a tonne and chardon- nay $1000 a tonne. An investigation was launched after complaints to the Australian Wine and Brandy Corporation. AWBC compliance manager Steve Guy said it was hoped the fines would act as a deterrent. He said the prosecution demon- strated the robustness of Australia’s system of winemaking rules, which were based on ‘‘truth in labelling’’. Mr Hashim could not be con- tacted for comment. The Weekly Times ALTERNATIVE FERTILISER: Stephen Ives and Rob Henry with poppy-seed meal. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN Fertile minds wave wand Poppy seed meal was once viewed as a problem waste product, but now its value as a fertiliser and soil conditioner is being realised, reports Karolin MacGregor Cressy farmer Rob Henry started using poppy-seed waste on his property a few years ago as it is a leftover by-product from his poppy-seed oil extraction busi- ness Macquarie Oil Company. Impressed with the results, Mr Henry wanted to find out what was in the meal and began talking with long-time agrono- mist Stephen Ives. Mr Ives recently completed a PHD looking at the nutrient content and release from organic fertilisers including poppy- seed waste, poppy mulch, lime amended bio-solids and anaerobically digested bio- solids. After more than three years of work, Mr Ives’s efforts have revealed some interest- ing facts. His study included large field trials under typical Tasmanian conditions. Mr Ives said there was increasing interest in the use of alternative fertilisers in recent years, but little was known about the nitrogen release rates in cool climate conditions and nutritional value of many of the most commonly used organic soil amendments now becoming readily avail- able to farmers. Because most of Tasmania’s pasture and crop cultivation happens during spring and autumn, Mr Ives focused his research on those times of the year. Information about the nutrient value and mineralisation rates of poppy seed waste and poppy mulch has not been extensively studied, because both prod- ucts are only produced in Tasmanian as a by-product of the state’s poppy industry. Mr Ives said many organic soil conditioners were thought of as slow release products, but his research had revealed there was a significant range in the release rate of available nitrogen between the four different products he tested. Out of all four products, poppy-seed waste released the most available nitrogen during the first two months, reaching a peak of just under 250kg a hectare of total TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania 2027824-100716 Germinating poppy crops can be at risk. Watch out for slugs, snails, earthmites and springtails. Take appropriate action if required. Your Field Officer can advise. .
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