Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 381

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is taken from a speech by UN Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Director-General José Graziano da Silva to make the first World Bee Day. The official ceremony was held in Slovenia, the birthplace of Anton Janša in 1734 who is cited as the father of modern apiculture. Graziano da Silva had the following to say:

“Each one of us has an individual responsibility towards protecting bees and we should all make pollinator-friendly choices. Even growing flowers at home to feed bees contributes to this effort. Through agroecology, FAO seeks to optimize the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment. Innovations are needed and they must be based on the co-creation of knowledge, combining science with local knowledge and experiences, as a social process.”

AUSTRALIAN WOOL SOARS TO ‘UNTHINKABLE’ HIGHS AS IT CLOSES IN ON $20 A KILOGRAM

“Australia’s woolgrowers are about to hit a milestone many thought was unthinkable even a few years ago, with prices set to…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 380

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week is taken from an interview with Wang Zhong, chief consultant with China-based Systematic, Strategic & Soft Consulting Company. He was discussing the greater degree of scrutiny that US imports, including agricultural ones such as apples, were subject to at Chinese ports. This in the wake of the ongoing trade tension between China and the US.

“It is a kind of invisible trade war, which will give China more bargaining power in negotiations ”

Zhong further pointed out that agricultural produce is often targeted by the Chinese government in dealing with bilateral relations as there are scientific standards that must be met and can delay the release of such goods.

AUSTRALIAN BEEF EXPORTERS DECLARE WAR ON CHINESE COUNTERFEITERS

“Top Australian beef brands are facing a substitution onslaught from counterfeiters in China, with the latest encryption technology enlisted in the fight to stop fakes.

Commercial trials are underway in Australia to inject edible nanoparticles into cuts and sides of export meat…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 379

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

The quote for this week comes from the Australian Meat Industry Council’s (AMIC) chairman, Lachie Hart. He was discussing the future of live exports. While AMIC does not support the banning of live exports, Hart had the following to say, if such a ban was to go forward:

“If the Government is prepared to support the manufacturing industry in Australia, support us in training our labour, to get labour into our plants, we certainly have the capacity and the ability to handle the live export trade volumes.”

Essentially suggesting that there could be a transition from live export to the export of Australian slaughtered and processed animals to traditional trading partners but that significant government support would be required.

MEDIAN VALUE OF AUSTRALIAN FARMLAND GREW BY 7 PERCENT IN THE LAST FINANCIAL YEAR

“Nationally, the median price of farmland grew by 7.1 per cent last financial year, according to a report by Rural Bank, a subsidiary of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.

Australia’s most expensive farming…

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