Duxton’s Agri Bits and Pieces – Vol. 413



South Australia’s fledging hemp industry could be worth $3 million annually within 5 years, government data shows. Research scientist Mark Skewes, from the Loxton Research Centre in the Riverland, has predicted positive results for SA’s first growers based on preliminary trials. The initial trials, conducted by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA) with SA Research and Development Institute (SARDI), concluded that industrial hemp could be grown successfully as an irrigated summer crop.

“Certainly, in terms of being able to grow hemp and produce good yields of quality seed, that’s all looking promising. A couple of the varieties that didn’t perform well here in the Riverland performed better in the South East, so it is looking like the right variety for the right location is going to be an important factor for growers.”

Mark Skewes, Loxton Research Centre

Source: Leonie Thorne, Nadia Isa, ABC Rural






Indian market access for Australian walnuts

Australian walnut exports were worth $22.68 million in 2017-18. Australian farmers…

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Rawdon Briggs, Colliers International rural and agribusiness director says sheep and wool enterprises in Australia continue to be two to three times more profitable than other livestock enterprises, with this trend expected to continue.

“Forecasts from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) are for lamb prices to rise 18 per cent this financial year and wool prices to rise 12 per cent as export demand exceeds supply.”

Rawdon Briggs, Colliers International rural and agribusiness director





Feeding Asia’s growing appetite for cheese

The race is on to win market share in Asia’s cheese market, with the region offering “a compelling growth opportunity” for Australian dairy exporters in the medium term.

The Rabobank report ‘Asia’s fast-moving cheese markets: Australia’s race to win’ provides robust growth outlook but also highlights that other exporting nations are also looking to expand their presence in Asia.

Rabobank senior dairy analyst Michael Harvey said the Australian industry must “play to its strengths” by focusing on maintaining and growing…

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This week’s quote addresses the ripple effects that farming octopus may have on sustainability and animal welfare.

 “Universities and companies are investing time and money into farming octopus, which we believe is a big mistake. Mass producing octopus would repeat many of the same mistakes we made on land in terms of high environmental and animal welfare impacts, and be in some ways worse because we have to feed octopus other animals.”


Interestingly, octopus farming would produce high levels of nitrogen and phosphorus pollution from uneaten feed and faeces, which contributes to oxygen depletion. Additionally, research has shown that octopus have considerable cognitive and behavioural complexity, making farming in enclosed environments incompatible with their make-up. As a result, high mortality rates, increased aggression and parasitic infection would be pronounced.


-Jennifer Jacquet, assistant professor at New York University’s Department of Environmental Studies




Rice plants engineered to be better at photosynthesis make more rice

A new bioengineering approach for boosting photosynthesis in rice could boost grain yield…

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This week’s quote is from Northern Territory Farmers Association President, Simon Smith, regarding the plan to double agricultural value to $600 million in the territory by 2028, with a focus on cotton.

“When we look at where the markets lie, cotton is one that’s coming up regularly as a future anchor crop. Cotton is a crop that likes humidity, water and heat, which we have plenty of”.

Source: Carmen Brown and Daniel Fitzgerald, ABC News, 18 January 2019 and Matt Brann, ABC News, 21 November 2018




Australia inks trade deals with Britain to keep goods exports flowing post-Brexit

Australia has become one of the first countries to finish signing off trade deals with Britain that will prevent non-tariff barriers and regulatory hurdles from emerging after Brexit on over $3.8 billion of two-way trade.


The Australian and British governments on Friday inked two deals that will replicate with post-Brexit Britain all of Australia’s existing trade-liberalisation arrangements with the European Union in the wine and…

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This week’s quote highlights the flow on economic effects that can be felt through many industries internationally as Brexit disrupts the UK in 11 weeks’ time. Australia is the largest source of wine imports for Britain, with 80% of this being exported from Australia in bulk to be bottled in the UK. A quarter of this is then reexported to the EU in bottled form.

“Business are looking very seriously at their business model that currently has the UK as a hub for their bottling operations, and to see what it’s going to be like post-Brexit, and whether or not actually they may be forced to move their operations from the UK”- Simon Stannard, European and International Affairs Director






Building Connections for Aussie beef in Indonesia

FEW people would understand more clearly how intensely government policies can impact farmers, businesses and trade than Meat and Livestock Australia’s country manager for Indonesia, Dr Valeska Valeska. Her job is delivering red meat and…

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This weeks quote is from Sabah Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Junz Wong who expressed the potential in the coconut industry. The demand for the fruit is increasing due to higher local and foreign demand for downstream coconut products.

“Cultivation of coconut palms has a very strong potential of becoming a new source of income for farmers,” Wong said in a statement issued today in conjunction with his visit to the Ulu Dusun Agriculture Research Station near here.





ARARE study shows more women in agriculture gaining qualifications

The education of women in agriculture is improving, additionally, women made up 28% of all managers, causing half the women in agriculture working as manager.

In 2016, women had more qualifications than average for the industry. More and more were studying agricultural science, animal husbandry and wool science. Between 2011 and 2016, 23 per cent more women had completed an agricultural qualification, with 27,384 qualifying.

In contrast, the rate of men getting qualifications went up only eight per cent in the same five years.

Three quarters…

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This weeks quote is based on advocating high-level technology for agricultural developments. Drones with compact multispectral imaging sensors, GPS map creation through onboard cameras, heavy payload transportation and livestock monitoring with thermal-imaging camera-equipped drones have been tested on livestock farms. This technology is expected to improve agricultural management and allow a lot of potential for agriculture in general. The Chief Executive Officer and founder, Seyi Oyenuga mentioned:


“Drones can be made specifically for business use and farming in particular, they can capture geo-referenced, overlapping, high-resolution images of 400 hectares in a single flight; can seamlessly upload data and produce agricultural analytics from their data management systems, and fly autonomously from take-off to landing.” – Seyi Oyenuga


Nigerian Tribune, 16th of December 2018






Research Looks at Natural Fertilizer for Greener Agriculture, Cleaner Water

Chemical fertilizer is made of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus causing them to require a huge amount of energy to produce. The University of Michigan has completed research on finding…

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This weeks quote is based on the blockchain trial which is aimed at boosting food safety, improve animal welfare and monitor export security for Australian beef. The beef market is integral to the Australian economy and is relevant on an international scale as Australia is the third largest beef exporter in the world.


“Research shows us that ethical standards and concerns for animal welfare, along with authenticity and proof of product origin, are amongst the top priorities for Chinese consumers. It’s also what’s driving consumer interest in Australian products,” BeefLedger chairman Warwick Powell says.

Australasian Transport News – Buy and Sell Transport, 10th of December 2018





New Agriculture Robot SWEEPER Lends a Hand in Pepper Picking

To combat massive labor shortages, the agricultural industry is turning to robots like SWEEPER to fulfill its harvesting needs. Farmers are suffering to find efficient, affordable labor to pick and sort crops. SWEEPER is the industry’s newest attempt to ease its labor burden via automation.


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This weeks quote is based on Canadian farmers and expresses the opinion of Lawrence MacAulay, the Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-food on cultivation and its importance in the Canadian Economy.


“The Government knows that Canadian farmers and food processors are key drivers of the Canadian economy. Through the Fall Economic Statement, we will continue to invest in the Canadian agriculture and food system by increasing market access for exports, supporting innovation and modernizing federal regulations. By keeping Canadian agriculture and agri-food businesses competitive, innovating and growing, we are helping creating more good jobs for our middle class.” – Lawrence MacAulay, Federal Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Lawrence MacAulay, Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, December 1st 2018






Grape Production in Iran’s Jowzan Valley Declared Globally Important Agricultural Heritage

The GIAHS Scientific Advisory Group stated the traditional grape cultivation in Malayer Country’s and was formally recognized as a Global Important Agricultural Heritage System on Friday.

“We, as the responsible body in Iran in this…

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This week’s quote comes from The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. It focuses on the new possibilities that the Canadian Food Industry can appreciate due to the $28 million investment in Maple Leaf Foods. The market expansion will create 300 immediate construction jobs and will employ 1,340 full time employees by 2023.

“Our government is excited to invest in Maple Leaf Foods’ project to help bring new innovations to Canada’s food processing industry, keep Canada competitive in the global market and create new middle-class jobs in Ontario. This new state-of-the-art facility demonstrates how innovation is creating jobs and helping the environment with more sustainable poultry processing.”





Food Security for an Aging and Heavier Population

Changes in national and global food demand are commonly explained by population growth, dietary shifts, and food waste. Although nutrition sciences demonstrate that biophysical characteristics determine food requirements in individuals, and medical and demographic studies provide evidence for large shifts in height, weight, and age structure worldwide…

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