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TAS Country : January 27th 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011 Tasmanian Country 9 Fruit growers told she'll be apples' ' We have plenty of apples here in Tasmania, we don't want rubbish' ---FRUIT SELLER PETER BEHRAKIS EMMA HOPE CHINESE apples have hit Australian shores as the first foreign apple imports for 90 years. However, Tasmanian farmers need not panic as major fruit retailers in the state do not intend to stock the imported fruit. The first consignment of apples entered the country recently and went to wholesale markets in Sydney. Imports were stopped in 1921 when apples from New Zealand were found with Fire Blight, a destructive disease which can also affect pears. Fresh food retailers are now being reminded of their requirements un- der the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code. As part of the code, retailers are required to clearly identify whether apples are local or Chinese under country of origin labelling guidelines. Operator of the Fresh Fruit Market at Salamanca Place and Kingston, Peter Behrakis said his businesses would not sell Chinese apples. ''We have plenty of apples here in Tasmania, we don't want rubbish,'' he said of the new imports. Major supermarket chains Coles and Woolworths are also reported to have made the decision not to stock the Chinese apples. Fruit Growers Tasmania business development manager Lucy Gregg said the imported apples had not yet come to Tasmania. She said they would have to go through extra quarantine and biosecurity to come to Tasmania because of the state's fruit- fly free status. She said she expected any Chinese apple imports to the state to have only a small impact on the local market. Ms Gregg said the main apple variety grown in China was the fuji and it was one of the least popular. Chemical fears, page 10 2066759-110128 "Yalgoo Merinos are a constantly evolving Package of genes directly selected to improve the Profitability of clients through the pursuit of higher Fleece value" 2nd ANNUAL PRODUCTION SALE 48 SELECTED RAMS Thursday 10th February 2011 at 1pm INSPECTION FROM 10.30am (Ashby shearing shed) Enquiries & Catalogues: Will & Nina Bennett 03 6381 5366 "Ashby" Ross TAS 0419 104 979 Ben Grubb 0419 515 783 Stephen Caswell 0457 746 379 PROFITABILITY FROM PROVEN GENETICS Scary Mary guest for Middleton BIRDS BEWARE: David Lonergan about to hand the twins over to Scary Mary. ROYALTY will be in at- tendance at Middleton Country Fair, but only in the form of a Princess Mary tribute scarecrow entered in the scarecrow competition. Now in it's 20th year, the fair will be held on February 5 and will show- case the arts, crafts, tal- ents, animals and pro- duce of Middleton and nearby communities. Organiser Gloria Lonergan said the fair was ''now an iconic event for the south channel''. The fair will be opened at 12.30pm by writer and broadcaster Paul Healy, who will conduct the Why I Love My Chook compe- tition. ''We're asking people to bring their chickens along and say why they like them,'' Mrs Lonergan said. ''We're also having a cup cake decorating com- petition. We'll have cup cakes and materials and kids will be able to decor- ate them, and there'll be a prize for the best one. Mrs Lonergan said one of the most popular events of the fair was always the scarecrow competition. ''Scarecrows can be seen north and south of Middleton; on fences, in paddocks and up trees. Visitors are invited to vote for their favourites.'' The fair will feature more than 80 stalls in- cluding trade displays, antiques and collectables, linen, books, plants, fruit, vegetables, wine, cider, preserves, sweets, pho- tography, arts and crafts. Animal displays in- clude draught horses, snakes, lizards, alpacas and rabbits. Advice will be available for poultry owners, there will be pony rides for the children, and Bonnie and Betty the sheep dogs will be rounding up sheep to be shorn. Country-swing band Coyote Serenade will share the on-stage enter- tainment with a highland pipe band, choir, veterans band, Marionette show and dancers. Other activities and demonstrations will in- clude a summer flower show, spinners, weavers and quilters, shingle split- ting, vintage machinery, a merry-go-round and jumping castle. The major raffle has many prizes, including a lawnmower, cruises, ar- tworks and Channel fare. A bus shuttle service will be provided to and from the parking area 2km from the venue. The fair is run the South Channel Rate- payers Association and money raised goes to com- munity projects. The fair runs from 10am until 3pm. Entry $5, children free. 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