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Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
Korea, China, Thailand and
Taiwan 2015 citrus export
Applications are still open for growers
to nominate orchards/blocks for export to
Korea, China, Thailand and Taiwan in the
The first step in the process will be for grow-
ers to complete a tree census form with Citrus
Australia and to nominate blocks for export to
Korea, China, Thailand and Taiwan (KCTT).
The new online system that links the KCTT
program with the national tree census has
been implemented as a result of difficulties
experienced in previous seasons.
The system will provide an earlier start to
the export season, streamline the application
process, remove the duplication that occurs
from year to year with the current paper-based
system, provide real-time information on the
status of applications and audit outcomes.
How to enter the KCTT export program:
1. Complete the national tree census
and indicate your interest in the program. If
you are unsure how to do this contact tree-
email@example.com. You will be
given a user name and password to enter the
electronic system. Please retain those details.
2. After you complete the tree census, you
will receive an email asking which blocks you
would like to nominate for the program.
3. Re-enter the system with your user
name and password. Nominate blocks, export
markets and packing-house(s).
4. This step must be completed by growers
by January 31, 2015.
5. Your packing-house will receive an email
advising that you have nominated them as
your packer. Your packing house will now have
access to the system and will manage the ap-
plication from this point.
FOR PACKING HOUSES
1. Packing houses for KCTT and Japan
export markets must register with Citrus Aus-
tralia, contact registrations@citrusaustralia.
com.au for a registration form.
2. Packing houses must have all blocks
surveyed by a registered crop monitor be-
tween February 1 and 28. Registered crop
monitors must send the official survey report
to packing houses by February 28.
3. Packing-houses must upload the official
survey report into the system by March 3.
4. Packing-houses must upload an orchard
map into the system by March 3.
5. Packing-houses must sign an electronic
declaration (in the system) that orchards have
met quarantine requirements by March 3.
6. Your application is now complete and
packing-houses will receive confirmation by
7. The Department of Agriculture will
contact packing-houses to audit some of the
orchards/blocks being nominated for export.
8. Once audits are complete, packing-
houses will be notified of the progress of
applications by the Department of Agriculture.
ChemCert and Chainsaw
Training Dates for 2015
GrowSmart Training is a Riverland-based,
incorporated, not-for-profit organisation that
has been providing quality training since 1997
in the Riverland region.
The following dates for 2015 courses have
ChemCert: 9am-4-30pm both days: March
5 and 6, April 29 and 30, June 25 and 26,
September 15 and 16, December 9 and 10.
ChemCert re-accreditation: 9am-1-30pm:
February 6, March 27, May 22, July 31, Octo-
ber 13, December 11.
Chainsaw training: 8am-5pm: March 3,
May 5, June 30, September 1, November 3.
For all interested growers please contact
GrowSmart Training on 8584 5471 to secure
your spot. Grower days
CASAR IDO Sam Rogers will be holding
a grower day in Sunlands on Wednesday,
January 28. The meeting will focus on spray
application presented by experts in this field
and on farm demonstrations on the day.
There will also be a grower day in Loxton
towards the end of February, with more details
to follow. All growers interested in attending
this grower day should contact Sam Rogers
at firstname.lastname@example.org or on
mobile 0477 110 933.
The CASAR committee held its first month-
ly meeting for 2015 and would like to report
on the following activities:
The theme of this year's SA citrus pro-
motion is 'bringing back citrus into sporting
We will continue working closely with the
SA citrus industry, CAL as there is a lot of
work to be done between now and a projected
launch date of mid-May.
A detailed summary will be provided to
industry at our regional forum meeting sched-
uled in April this year.
CASAR will continue to work
closely with Citrus Australia, govern-
ment and their departments both at a
state and federal level to address many
issues including biosecurity, market access
CASAR chair Con Poulos was recently
appointed as the horticultural councillor
to Primary Producers SA (PPSA), the peak
agricultural body in South Australia, which is
chaired by ex-Premier Rob Kerin.
Con aims to bring to the discussion hor-
ticultural issues that extend across various
commodities and regions including water,
biosecurity, investment and trade within the
horticultural sector in South Australia as well
as particular focus on the Riverland as the
premier horticultural growing region in the
At the time of writing this column CASAR
IDO Sam Rogers is travelling around the River-
land with David Daniels (citrus market access
manager) and Nathan Hancock (manager
market information and quality) from Citrus
Sam, David and Nathan are visiting River-
land packing sheds and growers to discuss
the tree census, Korea, China, Thailand,
Taiwan, Japan online grower/packer regis-
trations, crop estimates, quality standards
importing country requirements/work plans,
Korea, China, Thailand online training, and
the Department of Agriculture communica-
If you have questions about anything in
this week's column or an issue that you would
like discussed please contact the chair Con
Poulos at email@example.com or
Sam Rogers at sam.rogers@citrusaustralia.
com.au or on mobile 0477 110 933.
NEW TOOL TO
GRAPE OR WINE
Over recent decades the re-
lationships between growers and
wineries have increasingly been
reduced to writing in the form of
complicated contracts and industry
An outcome of this
trend has been a weaken-
ing of value chain principles.
In a value chain, every link, from
the grower to the consumer, under-
stands inter-dependence; the need
for every link to be strong for the
business or industry to grow and be
viable in the long run.
In a perfect value chain, be-
sides having a relationship with
his/her customer (the winery who
purchases his/her grapes), the
grower actually knows who is pur-
chasing the end product. Likewise,
in that perfect value chain the wine
consumer knows who grew the
grapes and where they were grown.
In the grape and wine industry
many of those older-style relation-
ships have stalled or fractured.
It's true the Riverland's bou-
tique and artisan wine producers
build and maintain strong value
chains, but most members are
bound by contracts with larger
organisations where the lack of
transparency and pressures on
field staff make it difficult to know
where who the consumers are.
Contracts and the code have
placed the emphasis fairly and
squarely on indicative prices and
their release in mid-December each
year. To assist growers in under-
standing the relationship between
the price per litre for bulk wine and
the indicative prices offered for
grapes, Riverland Wine has devel-
oped a simple ready reckoner.
This tool makes it very easy to
see what the price per tonne can
be, based on the price per litre of
bulk wine at the point of sale.
All members are urged to go
online and use the tool and provide
feedback. In the next few weeks
Riverland Wine will set up a link to
enable members to reference bulk
wine prices on-line.
Let us know what you think
about the tool.
Australia crushed 47,000
tonnes (or approximately 45
million bottles) less char-
donnay in 2014 than 2013.
Early indications are that the 2015
crop could well be down again on
A combination of many fac-
tors, including the weakening of
the Australian dollar against the
USD and other customer exchange
rates, lower fuel (freight) costs and
the recognised style and quality of
Australian chardonnay at all price
points has some long term indus-
try observers sensing a return to
"I'm not saying that I'm ready
to go out planting again yet!" said
Jack Papageorgiou of Renmark, a
veteran of 40 vintages.
"There are some encouraging
signs but certainly I will not be
planting without a sound con-
tract with a reputable winery."
Riverland Wine has observed a
sharp increase in interest in the
'grapes for sale' listing and a mod-
erate push up in price.
Chris Byrne, of Riverland Wine,
said "the spot purchase price for
chardonnay has moved to $235
per tonne this week with strong in-
terest from several larger wineries
and large parcels of shiraz and cab
sauv have been snapped up".
He added: "It may be that buyers
are anticipating lower yields across
most regions but there do seem to
be some green shoots emerging."
It's still early to be predicting
yields with confidence but for those
with grapes for sale the signs are
Several months ago, Trevor
Noble and his team relocated
their GrowSmart operation to the
Loxton Research Centre, one of the
first Riverland Businesses to seize
the opportunity to move to the
centre prior to its redevelopment
as part of the SARMS program.
GrowSmart Training is an incorpo-
rated, not-for-profit organisation
that has been providing quality
training since 1997 in the Riverland
Trevor and his team provide
training from Certificate 2 to Di-
ploma level in Horticulture, Produc-
tion Horticulture and Conservation
and Land Management. GrowSmart
used to be known as the Riverland
Many of GrowSmart's courses
are subsidised by government so
this makes the cost of building
your skill-base more affordable.
The organisation works closely with
the Commonwealth Government's
Skills for All funding. GrowSmart
Training is a Skills for All training
au for eligibility criteria
Riverland Wine encour-
ages all members to review
their range of skills even if
you think, 'I'm just a grower'.
There is often a tendency for grow-
ers to under-value themselves,
"But it's amazing how many
skills they all have," he said.
"We can build their confidence
by identifying these skills and show-
ing them how easily they can trans-
fer those skills to other industries
or businesses, especially those for
whom maintaining a fruit growing
enterprise is just too difficult."
GrowSmart Training also deliv-
ers the following short courses:
Chemcert (one day course)
and ChemCert Re-accredi-
tation (one day) -- required for
people wishing to purchase
and handle S7 chemicals.
qUsing and Maintaining Chain-
saws (one day course) -- essential
for anyone who uses chainsaws.
Operating Quad Bikes (one
day course) -- essential for
anyone who uses quad bikes.
Vertebrate Pest Tech-
nician licence training.
Staff leadership and Man-
agement (two day course).
For more information including full
details of fees and charges contact
Trevor on 08 8584 5147 or 0448
328 227 or tnoble@growsmart.
has declared an
additional 24 weeds,
grass and sweet
reduce the impact
of pest plants across
vironment and Con-
servation Minister Ian
Hunter said the dec-
laration of the weeds
under the Natural Re-
Act 2004 is in response
to requests from the
and follows consulta-
tion with communities
"I have prohibited
the sale of all these
plants and made the
control or destruction
of some of them en-
forceable," he said.
"New weeds are cre-
ating new risks for pri-
mary production, natu-
ral assets and public
health and safety, so
plant declarations must
reflect these develop-
Five formerly de-
clared plants, includ-
ing onion weed, have
been removed from the
declaration because leg-
islative backing is no
longer needed for these
control programs, and
the state policies on 22
other declared plants
such as Salvation Jane
have been updated.
change is the declara-
tion of buffel grass, an
introduced grass that
has invaded the semi-
arid rangelands and
is encroaching south-
wards," Mr Hunter
weeds of concern in the
region include night-
stock, silverleaf night-
shade, buffel grass and
white weeping brooms.
on declared weeds is
available from Biosecu-
rity SA on 8303 9620 or
your regional Natural
New weeds declared
RIVERLAND wine grape growers have
"dodged the bullet" of bunch rot -- for now
-- following the recent run of wet and humid
weather, according to a local industry expert.
CCW Co-op senior viticulture officer Ian
Macrae said the region's growers were "very
lucky" so far this season, with local crops contract-
ing "very little" bunch rot.
"Bunch rot requires a high baume, and at this
stage in the season the baume is relatively low,"
"The season has also been good in the sense
that there has been no previous infection period.
"We've seemed to dodge the bullet at this stage,
because there have been very little botrytis (bunch
"There have been some reports of isolated
infections that are worse than that, but in general
there has been very little."
However, Mr Macrae said the potential for a
serious outbreak remained.
"Now that the infection period has occurred, if
there is a significant rain event when the sugars
are a little bit higher, that could result in quite a
serious outbreak," he added.
CCW'S Ian Macrae says Riverland grape growers
have "dodged the bullet" of bunch rot so far this
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