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TAS Country : December 2nd 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010 Tasmanian Country 13 News Farmgate guide to bear fruit for Tassie KAROLIN MacGREGOR BIGGER: The guide FINDING out where to buy fresh locally grown fruit will again be easy thanks to the 2011 Tasmanian Fruits Farm Gate Guide. Put together by Fruit Growers Tasmania, the guide is now in its third year and has been ex- panded to 20 pages. FGT business develop- ment manager Lucy Gregg said farm-gate sales made up an important part of many fruit growers' businesses. ''A lot of growers start fairly small with farm-gate sales as a way to test the water,'' she said. ''For a lot, though, the farm-gate sales have be- come a really important part of their business and some are expanding the farm-gate side of things to include a lot more than just selling their second- grade fruit.'' Ms Gregg said more than 40 growers were in- cluded in this year's guide. She said the guide was a way to ensure tourists had an enjoyable food experi- ence in Tasmania. ''Tasmania is well- known for producing pre- mium fruit, so we're find- ing a lot of tourists have already downloaded the guide before they even get here,'' Ms Gregg said. She said farm-gate bu- sinesses were also provid- ing opportunities for growers to diversify and value-add their products. ''Traditionally farm-gate sales were a good avenue for second grade-fruit, but now we're seeing a lot more premium-grade fruit being sold at the farm gate,'' Ms Gregg said. ''Some growers are also taking the next step and using their lower-grade fruit to make things like jams, so there is that value- adding side of it developing as well.'' Some growers have also expanded their business to include on- site cafes and restaurants and shops, which has also helped to provide more year-round employment. The guide can also be used to help growers mar- ket smaller lines of fruit that do not have sufficient quantities to make them commercially viable for supermarkets. Distributed through ma- jor tourism businesses, the guides are also available at the Hobart and Launceston airports, as well as tourist information centres and on the Spirit Of Tasmania. All participants in the guide also have copies to hand out and they can also be downloaded from www.fruitgrowerstas .com.au. For more details or to obtain a copy, phone Fruit Growers Tasmania on 6231 1944. 2012 year of the farmer THE year 2012 has been declared the Australian Year of the Farmer, the brainchild of NSW farmer Philip Bruem and former Sydney Markets chief executive Geoff Bell. While not having the stature of a declared ''international year'', it would be the first time Australian farmers have been recognised in such a way. Mr Bruem said that with looming food and water shortages, plus food safety and environmental problems, it was time farmers were honoured for their role in dealing with these issues. ''All farmers contribute to our national economy and social fabric and the time is right for us to celebrate this on a national scale,'' said Mr Bruem, who chairs the AYOF board. He said the year aimed to bridge the city-country divide by improving understanding and appreciation of the farmers' important role in Australian society. Governor-General Quentin Bryce will be patron of the Year of the Farmer. Mr Bell, AYOF's managing director, said they had been given a $285,000 kick-start from Federal and state governments. He said they were now approaching Australian businesses to be sponsors and talking with rural leaders and celebrities to become AYOF ambassadors. Former Test cricketer Glenn McGrath, who comes from a farming family, has already agreed to be one. Visit www.yearofthefarmer .com.au The Weekly Times Horse disease defence THE horse industry is a step closer to gaining protection against exotic diseases such as the equine influenza outbreak. A Senate inquiry has heard the industry is united in want- ing to join the Emergency Ani- mal Disease Response Agree- ment (EADRA) and that there is broad agreement on a levy on feed and wormers to meet the costs of protection. The move follows the EI outbreak three years ago, which caused widespread economic loss to the industry. Australian Horse Industry Council president Roger Lavelle said the Senate committee re- ported last Friday that all sec- tors of the horse industry were in agreement on the approach. ''[The Senate] were comfort- able with a levy on feed and wormers and said that there should be a review in five years,'' Dr Lavelle said. If another EI-outbreak occurs, the Federal Government will underwrite the cost of the out- break, enabling quick and effec- tive action to be taken immedi- ately, making it possible for all racing and recreational activi- ties to return to normal. After an emergency is over, EADRA provides a payback period of 10 years from the animal sector that has ben- efited. Dr Lavelle said the report needed to be followed up by Federal Agriculture Minister Joe Ludwig and made law. About 80,000 horses on 10,000 properties were affected by the EI outbreak, which started in August 2007. About 160,000 hor- ses were vaccinated against EI. The cost of the emergency response was thought to be about $100 million but the flow- on cost much higher. The Weekly Times ANZ Australia s best value agribusiness bank. As awarded by CANSTAR CANNEX 2009 and 2010. Financial Services Research Group CANSTAR CANNEX compared 15 major agribusiness banks, credit unions and building societies to determine the bank that o ered the best value to agribusiness. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ) ABN 11 005 357 522. ANZ s colour blue is a trade mark o ANZ. Commitment is vital in a successful relationship. In business, it s more important than ever. That s why we ve just put on over 100 more ANZ Agribusiness Managers and Assistant Managers throughout the whole country. It s their job to work alongside you, ensuring your business not only runs smoothly, but grows over the long term. So whether it s at your o ce, your property or over the phone, make an appointment with an ANZ Agribusiness Manager today. Visit anz.com/agri or call 1800 462 474 today. e ve put on over 100 more ANZ Agribusiness bankers because we re committed to your business.
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