Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 332

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from Professor Harvey Millar from the University of Western Australia following the publication of the world’s most comprehensive analysis of the wheat genome.

“So its probably found about 25 per cent of wheat genes that we really didn’t even know existed before. And there were a whole heap of others that were quite fragmented that we didn’t really know where they were. We now have an exact address for them…one of the problems farmers have is that not only do they have long term problems – things like drought and salinity and frost where we don’t really have ideal solutions, and sometimes it’s a long time for new varieties to come through – this should speed up the rate at which new varieties are available”

CHINA LAUNCHES A PORK-PRICE INDEX TO SMOOTH THE “PIG CYCLE”

PIG is big in China. As the country’s economy has grown, so too has its consumption of…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 331

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from USDA’s Grain report on World Markets and Trade with Australia’s expected record barley crop,

Australia is projected to be the largest exporter in 2016/17, supplanting the EU and supplying a quarter of the world’s demand…the implementation of the China-Australian Free Trade Agreement has provided Australia a competitive advantage with the removal of the import duty for barley’

ORGANIC ‘GREENWASHING’ PROMPTS PUSH FOR TIGHTER FOOD LABELLING LAWS

Australia’s certified organic industry is expected to be worth more than $2 billion by next year but it is fighting to ensure fake organic claims do not damage its reputation.

Export volumes rose nearly one-fifth last year, and demand for Australian organic products continues to outstrip supply both at home and abroad, according to the latest report from industry and certifying group Australian Organic Ltd.

But Australian Organic chairman Andrew Monk said the industry faced two big challenges:
Fixing chronic shortages of organic grain, which is restricting the…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 330

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

This week’s quote of the week comes from KPMG’s head of markets and agriculture technology Ben van Delden on encouraging Australian agriculture to embrace and adopt new technologies.

“It’s pretty fundamental that as an industry we acted and collaborate more tightly, around how do we sponsor ag tech start-ups to design solutions that our growers require for the markets that we operate in…I think it is one of Australia’s advantages, because we have such challenging conditions, technology that works here can pretty much work anywhere else in the world.

LAVENDER SET TO BLOOM IN THE EXPLOSIVE CHINESE COSMETICS INDUSTRY

In the last three years, the Parker-Bentons have been approached three times by Chinese brands as the increase in Chinese tourism into rural Australia sparked Chinese interest in agricultural products.

That interest has gone beyond milk powder and 2017 is seen by many as a year when cosmetics take a bigger role in China-Australia trade.

Steven Ko, Pearlosophy co-founder, says the Chinese cosmetic industry…

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