NZ agtech startup wins Tech Innovation Award

New Zealand startup Hectre was presented with the UPL Tech Innovation Award at the 2023 Hort Connections Horticulture Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, held in Adelaide on Wednesday 7 June.

Visa missteps will fuel food prices

The National Farmers’ Federation is warning that changes to Australia’s migration settings that came into effect from 1 July could push food prices higher as farmers struggle to access workers to harvest produce.

Brett Lee goes into bat for Aussie avos

One of the world’s fastest and most iconic bowlers, former Australian Test cricketer Brett Lee, is taking Australian avocados to consumers in India.

Current state of play of labour supply

The Harvest Trail Information Service (HTIS) connects workers with farm jobs to help growers ensure they have staff to pick, pack and maintain their crops.

‘Yes Minister’ threatens PALM scheme

The future of the PALM scheme, the Albanese government's answer for industry’s calls to provide visas with working rights, is set to plummet in popularity with the Australian horticulture industry.

Orchard netting and platforms

Each season, orchardists face enormous risk; from unpredictable weather to labour insecurity, making fruit growing sometimes seem like a gamble.

AusHub Vietnam’s first strategic industry bodies

The Australian Industry Hub (AusHub) Vietnam is excited to announce that Summerfruit Australia has been named as one of the Australian Industry Bodies as strategic partners for 2023.

WEED-IT spot spraying available for orchards

Rometron Australia has recently developed the Optispot 7, an orchard sprayer that brings WEED-IT optical spot spraying technology to nut and fruit growers.

Strong exhibitor demand at Fruit Logistica

Exhibitors from some 32 countries and regions as well as 21 national pavilions are already signed up to take part in Asia’s premier fresh produce trade show.

Are they Grasshoppers or Locusts?

Recently, I came across a retail garden website saying grasshoppers could be considered as beneficial insects… just because birds love to eat them.

Picking app evolves to provide more control

Harvest technology provider AgPick Technology’s picking app has evolved to help growers, including tree crop producers identify and act on productivity peaks and troughs to gain control over labour expenses.

Australian citrus needs to target new buyers

Forget about appealing to loyal or niche customers – the only way to consistently sell more citrus fruit is to nudge those who rarely buy it, and make it easier for them to pop it in their trolley more often, according to Hort Innovation general manager of marketing Kylie Hudson.

GreenTech spray system the best for tall trees

In early 2021, jointly Nigel Love and Vanessa Roche near Pemberton township, one of the most beautiful regions of the South West Western Australia purchased the first GreenTech Spray System for their tallest avocado trees.

New Summerfruit representative in Vietnam

As part of its involvement with the AusHub, Summerfruit Australia Limited (SAL) and AusCham have engaged a full-time person to undertake the important work on the ground in Vietnam.

Bravo apple exports continue to grow

The Western Australian-bred Bravo apple harvest has begun, as national production of this promising new variety grows.