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New integrated orchard management guide for macadamia growers

Macadamia growers have a new guide in their management toolkit – the Integrated Orchard Management Drainage 2017, with the latest information to improve erosion and keep productive soils in place throughout macadamia orchards.

Department of Primary Industries (DPI) macadamia development officer Jeremy Bright said the Macadamia Integrated Orchard Management Drainage 2017 guide will give macadamia growers a better understanding of drainage and help them to plan for water flow through their orchard.

“Successful drainage systems will improve orchard productivity and water quality by reducing erosion, which reduces land degradation and improves farm viability,” Mr Bright said.

“Moving water through orchards in a controlled way leads to cleaner water leaving the orchard, less soil loss and root exposure, and ultimately a healthier catchment system.”

The Macadamia Integrated Orchard Management Drainage 2017 guide was funded through Horticulture Innovation Australia, and developed by DPI in partnership with North Coast Local Land Services, the Australian Macadamia Society and industry consultants.

Integrated orchard management (IOM) is a framework for maintaining high productivity in orchards, and recovering orchards in decline.

Successful orchard drainage systems create a synergy between the orchard layout and the landscape, ensuring that:

  •  minimal soil movement occurs in rain events
  •  concentrated water flows are managed away from      macadamia trees
  •  blocks are protected from run-on water
  •  good conditions for macadamia feeder roots are      maintained
  •  the orchard floor is trafficable and      harvestable.

The guide introduces light detection and ranging (LiDAR) information to the macadamia industry.

This remote sensing technique uses lasers to map a three-dimensional view of a property. Digital models for elevation and predicted soil loss can identify orchard zones that need different management strategies.

Groundcover and drainage-structure placement changes can be modelled to show the potential changes in soil loss.

The Macadamia Integrated Orchard Management Drainage 2017 guide is available on the DPI website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/horticulture/nuts/growing-guides/macadamia-integrated-orchard-management 

 

Macadamia nut producer wins prestigious medal

 

Macadamia nut producers Barenuts is celebrating after winning a Gold Medal at the 2017 Australian Food Awards (AFA) for their lemon myrtle macadamia nuts.

This is the first time Barenuts has entered the prestigious competition, so it has come as a very pleasant surprise to win such a high accolade in the very first year.

“We are thrilled to be a gold medallist, and scoring top marks of 100/100 really confirms that all the hard work is paying off,” said Barenuts owner Jodie Cameron.

“I was secretly hoping that our lemon myrtle macadamia nuts would win because it’s my favourite flavour too.”

The AFA, conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV), offers Australian producers broad opportunities to leverage their success locally and internationally with AFA’s national brand seal of quality.

Entrants have the opportunity to benchmark against set criteria; receive invaluable independent feedback from industry experts; and be rewarded for excellence.

Customers looking to purchase the award-winning products are encouraged to visit www.barenuts.com.au for more information about where to buy their delicious products.

 

Notice of intention to implement emergency levy for varroa mite

Varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni) is a serious threat to European honey bees and threatens the pollination they perform in many crops including macadamias.  Any threat to either commercial hives or the indigenous populations of European honey bees would pose a risk to macadamia pollination and hence the productivity of macadamia orchards.

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is responsible for the program to contain and eradicate Varroa jacobsoni and has submitted a response plan that has been considered and agreed by State and Federal government and the affected industries. 

In September 2007, the Australian macadamia industry agreed to a zero-rated Emergency Plant Pest Response Levy (EPPRL) and agreed that it is to be activated in the event of an eradication response. Majority levy payer and production support was demonstrated through an AMS conducted ballot of known levy payers and a vote at the AMS 2006 AGM.

The Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) advises that the Emergency Plant Pest Response (EPPR) Levy will be activated at a rate of 0.2 cents per kilogram to repay the industry liability for the varroa mite response. The levy will remain in place until the macadamia share of the eradication costs (approx. $30,000) have been covered, which is expected to be no more than 24 months.

With the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources the AMS will hold an objection period from 28 July 2017 to 28 August 2017. During this period any macadamia levy payer who has objections regarding the proposed activation of the EPPR levy should notify the AMS of their concerns in writing. Any objections received within the objection period will be taken into consideration when a decision on the activation is made by the Minister.

Written objections should be emailed to the AMS at jolyon.burnett@macadamias.org

or sent to the AMS addressed to:

Jolyon Burnett

113 Dawson Street, Lismore, NSW 2480

before close of business on 25 August 2017.

 

Support for horticultural growers to find seasonal workers

Growers in the horticultural industry who need workers on a short term basis during peak times, can access the Australian Government’s new Seasonal Work Incentives Trial from 1 July 2017 to help meet their needs.

This two year Trial aims to encourage participants to take up short term seasonal work opportunities in the horticultural industry by providing them with an opportunity to earn more income, without affecting their income support payment.

Participants placed under the Trial can also receive a Living Away and Travel Allowance if the work they are placed in is located more than 120 km from their home.

The Trial is being managed by jobactive, Transition to Work and Disability Employment Services providers.

They will work closely with growers and the participant to ensure they know what growers need and that they get the right person who is willing to work and understands the job to be done. Employment services providers will receive a weekly incentive payment for up to six weeks, depending on the duration of the job, to support growers and workers under the Trial.

Growers should contact their nearest employment services provider to discuss their labour needs. Providers are located across Australia, and their contact details are available at jobsearch.gov.au/providers

 

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