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GP Graders Shipping Worldwide in 2020

GP Graders Shipping Worldwide in 2020

Published on Apr 01st, 2020
© GP Graders
 
30 March 2020, Melbourne, Australia 

GP Graders, based in Melbourne, Australia, is open and in full production, meeting orders for the 2020 season.  The Australian Federal Government is unlikely to impose measures which would see any slowdown of the manufacturing sector. “We are all healthy, all at work and undertaking overtime to get the jobs out the door,” says Stuart Payne, Director of GP Graders.

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Australia prepares for record grape harvest

Australia prepares for record grape harvest

Published on Nov 13th, 2019

 

Australia expects a record table grape crop in 2019/20, with output up 14% to 240,000 tons, according to FAS data. The main factor is the growth in production area due to the profitability of the fruit and strong demand in recent years. Vine plantings are increasing by about 20% each year, which will lead to further growth as young plants reach maturity. Growing conditions were not ideal, with droughts across many production areas. Nevertheless, high returns offset the water costs. 

New Australian project for protected cropping 

New Australian project for protected cropping 

Published on Oct 31st, 2019

 

New Australian project for protected cropping 

The Australian government has launched a new project to support the country’s growers wishing to employ protected cropping systems to better cope with the extreme heat and insects. The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, and Queensland senator, Susan McDonald announced the initiative which is supported by the Cooperative Research Centre for Northern Australia (CRCNA). The project is estimated to cost around US$300,000 over two years.

Surge in exports of Australian peaches and nectarines to China

Surge in exports of Australian peaches and nectarines to China

Published on Sep 20th, 2019

Australia’s 2019/20 peach and nectarine crop is set to climb 2% to 96,000 tons from the previous year, according to FAS Canberra data. The growth is due to old varieties being replaced with newer more productive ones. The crop has benefited from large parts of the main production area, Victoria, receiving plenty of rainfall in recent months. Nectarines account for 53% of the crop and peaches for 47%. The Australian harvest runs from November to January for peaches and from January to February for nectarines.

Australia’s cherry exports continue to rise

Australia’s cherry exports continue to rise

Published on Sep 19th, 2019

Australia’s cherry crop is expected to expand in 2019/20, with all exports expanding proportionately. The rise in production is due to the continued expansion of production area. The total crop is expected to reach 18,000 tons in 2019/20, up 7% from 2018/19. The significant expansion over the past three years is largely due to the opening of several key Asian markets. Cherry exports are set to reach a record 6,000 tons in MY 2019/20, up 20% from 2018/19. Half of all exports go to Hong Kong and China. 

Investigations into Chinese companies listed in Australia following mass resignations

Investigations into Chinese companies listed in Australia following mass resignations

Published on Aug 08th, 2019

An investigation has been launched into the causes of a mass resignation of directors at two Australia-listed Chinese agricultural companies, according to Reuters. One of the firms is citrus grower Dongfang Modern Agriculture Holding Group Ltd (DFM.AX), whose entire board unexpectedly resigned in June, without any explanation. Something similar happened at a second company, Bojun Agriculture Holdings (BAH.AX), a processed fruit manufacturer, which is also under investigation.

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