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The power of numbers
It’s often said, ‘You cannot manage what
you cannot measure’.
In its presentation to the Australian
Grape and Wine Authority (AGWA) last week,
Riverland Wine (RW) presented a number of
data tables, including this one, to illustrate the
power of numbers and to support AGWA’s 2nd
Strategic Priority: The imperative to build high
quality industry data.
RW has constructed this table (above)
and other tables from the annual surveys
undertaken by the Phylloxera Board during the
past 15 years.
Executive officer Chris Byrne said: “The
five-year rolling averages table illustrates at a
glance, what might otherwise take many pages
of text to communicate.
Clearly the region’s producers have been
working to manage the so called ‘oversupply’
problem for more than a decade by restraining
supply and improving the scale of vineyard
He added: “It would be interesting and
helpful if this sort of information could be
made available for all regions across the
country to highlight trends whether they are
positive or negative.”
Members will have the opportunity to
discuss the implications of this and other
such tables at the April meetings to
be convened in each of the major towns
during the week before Anzac Day.
Let’s get stuck in and help
Several of the quiet majority, all very busy
people, have been toiling away during this
hectic time of year to help out fellow farmers
and grape growers devastated by the recent
fires in the Adelaide Hills.
Of their own volition, these self-motivated
volunteers have been collecting, sorting,
sizing, bundling and carting unwanted
Riverland vineyard posts in their utes and
trailers to help in the massive task of re-
establishing the fences and farms of those
who lost so much.
Robert Gilles, Ian Schroeber, Don Heward
and Omar Najar have worked together in the
Berri/Monash area to make it happen.
Several semi-loads have already been
despatched from the Waikerie area by un-
named others. Pickering Transport has taken
one semi-load of 2000 posts down.
That’s a great show of Riverland spirit.
Those at the other end though need hundreds
of thousands of posts.
If you feel compelled to assist with posts or
transport or sorting and sizing, contact Kate
at Riverland Wine and she will liaise with the
volunteers’ team to help our neighbours in the
Hills and Valleys. What better way to spread
the word about the region and its fine wines
Kate’s number is 8584 5861 or better still,
email your details and what you have to offer
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
Preparations are under way for
this year’s regional forum.
The forum will run in conjunction
with Citrus Australia at Waikerie
with an agenda and invitations
going out to industry shortly.
This year’s forum will cover
a wide range of topics, including
an update on CASAR activities
during the past 12 months and the
initiatives we will undertake this
There are a wide range of
guest speakers from PIRSA, citrus
gall wasp experts Dr Jianhua Mo
and Steven Falivene from NSW
DPI, and updates from Citrus
Australia’s David Daniels, Nathan
Hancock and Andrew Harty.
The forum will end with an
interactive session with a broad
panel of packers and marketers
discussing the outlook for this
year’s citrus season and lon-
ger-term prospects for our industry.
We urge everyone who is
available to come along for the day
and engage with Citrus Australia,
CASAR and all of the presenters,
who are all important players in
setting the future direction of our
Date: Wednesday, April 8.
Time: 9am to 1.30pm.
Venue: Waikerie Golf Club, Playford
Refreshments, morning tea and
lunch will be provided. The CASAR
committee looks forward to seeing
FORUM + FIELD DAY
Citrus Technical Forum + Field Day
ran from March 15 to 16.
The two-day Citrus Australia
event was a mix of sit-down pre-
sentations, workshops and field
trips aimed specifically at growers
Citrus Australia’s market de-
velopment manager Andrew Harty
said the event provided growers
and packers with a glimpse into
future technologies and gave re-
searchers a platform to showcase
“New technology is the life-
blood of any primary industry, and
the citrus industry is no excep-
tion,” he said.
“Unless we continue to invest
in better ways to grow, pack and
market our products to the world,
we will get left behind.
“The format of the event en-
couraged growers to participate in
a setting they felt comfortable in.
The forum included displays
of new equipment, products and
services by commercial companies
and provided a great opportunity
A seminar specifically for
the packing sector covered new
post-harvest technology and
The two-day event was at
Mildura Arts Centre, Victoria from
March 16 to 17.
It is planned for the event to
become a fixture in the citrus
industry calendar and to comple-
ment Citrus Australia’s Market
Outlook Forum every other year.
The forum attracted 300 plus
citrus industry representatives
eager to learn, meet and network
with like-minded people.
The attendees included grow-
ers, packers, marketers, exporters,
researchers, government repre-
sentatives, commercial providers
and regional associations.
Key note speaker and Califor-
nia Citrus Mutual president Joel
Nelsen provided a background on
the transition of the Californian
fresh citrus industry over the
years to the success it is today,
and interacted extensively with
attendees over the two days of the
Overall the forum resulted in
a most valuable industry event.
CASAR is continuing to speak
with the Department of Agricul-
ture, PIRSA, and Citrus Australia
on pursuing the recognition of
our ‘pest free area’ by our trading
We also continue to work with
the relevant departments on all
matters concerning fruit fly.
Work is continuing on this
year’s SA citrus industry promotion
following on from last year’s ‘Buy
a Local Orange’ campaign. Details
will be presented at our April
CASAR has been developing,
with the State Government, an
investment report for the citrus
The report will be finalised
shortly and made available to all
interested industry participants
and potential investors.
This follows on from the work
we did with the ‘Citrus in South
Australia’ brochure, developed
with the State Government last
The brochure was developed
as a marketing tool for our industry
and highlighted the premium clean
environment that we grow our
citrus in this state.
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 saregion@citrusau-
stralia.com.au or Sam Rogers at
au or on mobile 0477 110 933.
Primary Producers SA (PPSA) has created
a survey to encourage feedback on any
changes to the state’s time zone.
PPSA executive chairman and former SA Premier Rob
Kerin said the State Government had reopened the time
“Whenever this has been opened in the past the reactions
of various sections of the state’s community have been varied
but pretty consistent each time,” he said.
“And certainly the impacts do vary greatly depending on
where people live – particularly on Eyre Peninsula and the
western parts of the state.”
But Mr Kerin said while PPSA was “well aware” of the tra-
ditional arguments, the organisation was keen to not assume
that it was aware of what each primary producer may think.
“We have created a survey to try and validate and inform
our submission to the State Government,” he said.
“The survey will only take a couple of minutes and we are
keen to get as many primary producers to have their say as
possible. This will help leverage our submission.”
Mr Kerin said the survey was available at http://ppsa.org.
au. He said although there was a preference for people to
complete the survey online, people who did not have access
to the internet could call PPSA on (08) 8297 0899 during
business hours for more information, or to have their say.
THE clock is ticking on the State Government’s time
THE SA Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Man-
agement (SAMDB NRM) board’s 2014-15 NRM Connecting
Communities grant applications are open.
The grants will support not-for-profit organisations and
local governments to engage communities in natural resourc-
es management issues.
Thirteen projects from across the region were successful
in last year’s grants round. The length of successful projects
ranged from one to three years.
Natural Resources SAMDB team leader Jem Tesoriero said
the grants were an important part of the board’s commitment
to working with the community.
“This funding has been made available to enable more
people to become more involved in improving the manage-
ment of our natural resources,” he said.
“The grants will continue to support the fantastic work of
community organisations, local governments and industry
groups across the region.”
Applications close on April 14.
Funding guidelines and application forms are available at
Mr Tesoriero said people could call him on (08) 8532
9100 for more information, or to apply.
NATURAL Resources Management community
grants are now open. The grants will support both
not-for-profit groups and local government efforts in
natural resource management. PHOTO: Supplied
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