Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 419

 

Quote of the week

Taylor Farms is one of the world’s largest producers of fresh cut vegetables and has recently unveiled a fleet of robots designed as an answer to America’s diminishing supply of immigrant labour. The smart machines can assemble 60 to 80 salad bags a minute, double the output of a worker.

“We aren’t getting an influx of immigrants to our industry; how do we deal with that? Innovation. Moving up the technology ladder creates higher-skilled positions that can attract young people. We are making better jobs that we hope appeal to a broader range of people”.

Mark Borman, CEO at Taylor Farms

Source: NY Times, 20 November 2018

 

 

 

 

 

Macadamia nuts double in price as growers struggle to keep up with demand

If you’re a fan of snacking on Australia’s only commercially grown native nut, the macadamia- you may have noticed prices rising on supermarket shelves.

The Australian Macadamia Society said the price consumers were paying for the nut had doubled in the last 10…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 418

 

Quote of the week

On March 12, the European Parliament voted on a new set of EU rules that will ensure protection of 100% of European farmers as well as small and mid-range suppliers against unfair trading practices in the food supply chain.

In 2016, the Commission set up the Agricultural Markets Task Force (AMTF) to assess the role of farmers in the wider food supply chain and make recommendations on how it can be strengthened. On the basis of these recommendations, the Commission launched an inception impact as­sessment and a public consultation on the improvement of the food supply chain, which in turn helped identify the specific unfair trading practices that operators frequently consider to be exposed to.

Phil Hogan, Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said “Today’s vote is fundamentally about fairness for farmers in the food supply chain. The Commission tabled this proposal in April 2018 to ensure that farmers are…

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Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 417

 

Quote of the week

Brazil has joined Australia to lodge a formal complaint against India, the world’s second-largest sugar producer, with the World Trade Organisation (WTO), alleging that India’s continued sugar subsidies to farmers have led to a “glut” and “depressed” global prices. The Australian Government first lodged a counter-notification with the WTO over to India’s sugar subsidy practices last November.

Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham on Thursday said “India’s sugar subsidy regime is inconsistent with WTO rules and has helped create a glut in the global sugar market. That’s hurting canegrowers and sugar millers whether they’re in Australia, Brazil, or any other country in the world”. Birmingham said Australia was “left with no other choice but to initiate formal WTO dispute action, together with Brazil”.

Australia maintains a very good relationship with India, both economically and strategically, and it is perfectly normal for even close friends and partners to avail themselves of WTO mechanisms from time-to-time to resolve trade issues, he said.

Source: The Economic Times, March 01 2019

 

 

 

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