Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 362



This week’s quote of the week comes from Steven Ciobo, Australian Trade Minister, in an interview with TheAustralian.

Mr Ciobo is confident that the trade relationship between China and Australia remains strong, and continues to strengthen despite rumours over the Asian superpower’s influence in domestic politics.

The clean and green quality and reputation of Australian product, particularly the produce from fruit-fly free areas, is recognised and demanded by the Chinese market. The Australian states this is ‘clearing the way for new access for stone fruits and improved conditions for cherries, citrus and table grapes.’

 “These new protocols open the door to millions of dollars’ worth of Aussie exports”.

“China’s growing middle class and their appetite for Australia’s fresh clean and green produce is driving demand for our exports.”

WORLD’S LARGEST WATER DIVERSION PLAN WON’T QUENCH CHINA’S THIRSTIt’s China’s age-old dilemma: a tug of war between the farms that help feed the nation, and the soaring demands of industry and city-dwellers in the parched northern plains.

With an excess of rain in the…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 361



This week’s quote of the week comes from Irene Mia, global director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, at the launch of the Food Sustainability Index 2017, where France’s war on waste makes it the most food sustainable country in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s ranking of 34 nations.

Global hunger levels rose for the first time in more than a decade, with 815 million people, more than one in ten on the planet, going hungry.

France was the first country to introduce specific food waste legislation and loses only 1.8% of its total food production each year.

“What is really important is the vision and importance (food sustainability) in these governments’ agendas and policies. It’s something that is moving up in governments’ agendas across the world.”

THE FRUIT THAT SMELLS LIKE GYM SOCKS IS SKYROCKETING IN CHINAChina’s love of a pungent, football-sized thorny fruit is skyrocketing, and Malaysia wants a piece of it. A durian usually has about five carpels of flesh;…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 359



This week’s quote of the week comes from University of Queensland’s Director of Queensland’s Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation Professor Robert Henry, and gene technology as a game-changer for agriculture.

“the next generation of genetically altered foods are here and waiting for regulatory approval…gene editing is the same as conventional breeding but a faster, safer and a more precise process – with benefits to human health as well as agriculture and food…we will see more nutritious, longer-lasting, disease-resistant crops, fruit and vegetables, and more effective ways to develop desirable welfare traits like polled (hornless) cattle”


Sheepmeat prices are at near record levels with farmers receiving higher lamb and mutton returns than forecast.
Meat processors remain cautious about lamb’s ongoing position, as shoppers could lean to alternate meat such as poultry, pork and some beef products as prices were lower.

Alliance general manager livestock and shareholder services Heather Stacy said lamb prices at the moment…

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