Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 375

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote is from Kym Anderson, a professor of economics at the University of Adelaide and the executive director of the university’s Wine Economics Research Centre. In response to a statement released on 1 April China expanded its list of agricultural products to be tariffed, he had the following to say:

“If U.S. wines are subjected to higher tariffs when imported into China, that would have a direct benefit to other suppliers into that rapidly growing market, especially France and Australia — the two largest suppliers of premium wines to China.”

The tariffs form part of a retaliation by China against the USA’s implementation of tariffs that appear to be directly targeting China given that Mexico, Canada and the EU (among others) were exempted. If China does implement the proposed 15% tariff, Chinese consumers would have to pay almost 68% tax on US wine.

QUEENSLAND CATTLEMEN EMBRACE DRONES FOR HERDING

“Having switched from horseback to a motorbike years ago, cattleman Ashley Kirk is set…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 374

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is taken Professor Salah Sukkarieh, professor of robotics and intelligent systems at the University of Sydney, speaking at the Sydney Royal Easter Show:

“Ten years ago there was the assumption that there was no way that robotics would work on a farm — in a very small space of time there’s been a complete refocus and an attention on how robotics can be used on a farm and the farmers are really looking forward to the technology.”

This highlights the integration of advanced technology with primary production and becomes increasingly relevant as agricultural labour becomes scarce, volatility in climate increases and pressure of a growing population make the role of farmers ever more important.

CITRUS ORCHARD AND VINEYARD VALUES DOUBLE ON CHINESE DEMAND

“Citrus orchards and commercial vineyards are selling at almost double the prices of two and three years ago, as growers enjoy bumper profits driven by demand from export markets especially China, according to a new rural outlook report from…

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