Australian Farmers Can Now Make A Huge Impact On Fresh Produce

Thanks to SOC Exchange and the Sydney wholesale markets, greengroceries that are associated with the markets in Sydney are now able to set up their very own online internet stores as well as publish and send out emails promoting their store and they have the opportunity to advertise their special offers, publish recipes, reviews, messages, and publish blogs as well as provide free listings.

Greengrocers via the alliance retailers can now also sell unlimited produce and products which will only cost a $10 flat rate per annum with no additional charges and no commissions. This means that SOC Exchange has now provided the greengrocers a low cost platform to form a presence online. The highest record levels have now been reached with regards to imported vegetables into Australia according to the new statistics released.

Studies revealed that in 2012 to 2011 Australia imported vegetables to the value of $651 million and the export value was only $265 million which left a $386 million trade deficit. However in comparison to four years prior, this trade deficit has risen by $151 million. Most of the produce came from China during 2010 and 2011 which were mainly frozen vegetables. The origin of produce entering Australia is from USA, China, Italy and New Zealand to date. The Ausveg national awards are now being sought after for excellence in Australian fresh produce this year. These national awards will emphasize on outstanding achievements and success of the fresh produce industries most successful farmers, the supply chain across businesses and researchers of which is supporting in conjunction with other organizations.

The award categories for 2012 include young grower of the year, industry recognition award, grower of the year, industry impact award, environmental award, rising star of the year, women in horticulture award, researcher of the year, productivity partner award and innovative marking award. In addition concepts may be added such as the junior master chef franchise which involves the children and their experience and understanding of food issues. Due to the decline and interest of secondary age children not cooking and the trend not reaching this age group, these awards are being used as an incentive.

In comparison to five years back, research has revealed that children aged 11 to 15 their cooking involvement has decreased and the numbers not wanting to cook has doubled. Studies have revealed that more interest must be created for children’s in order to increase their interest in food preparation long term. For Australian farmers that have an interest in making a difference in the farming of fresh produce then they should join this worthy program.

Agriculture Textile Industry And Mineral Resources Future Trends

By Karishma Maharam, London

19 April 2012

Mr Ruini, what is the current situation with Agriculture, Textile Industry and Mineral Resources, your three main business targets and how are these sectors performing?

These sectors are very different, but generally speaking, we believe that there is a growing interest for solid, material assets, the traditional primary sectors, if you like. Real things like agriculture, manufacturing and precious minerals. The bubble-prone economy of virtual assets is almost over and it hasn’t made this World any good, if you ask me.

What do you mean exactly?

This may sound out-fashioned, but the era of television, internet, globalisation and Wall Street style leveraged finance hasn’t contributed much evolution or wealth redistribution. Contrary to most opinion, it has not even increased people’s freedom or culture. It has produced massive inequalities and destroyed families and societies.

And why should a primary sector based economy be any better?

I don’t know about Martians, but the economy of the human society is based on production and consumption. In order to consume, we need to produce. We can live without a computer, we can’t live without food. Agriculture produces vital products which tend to maintain a fair value. Commodity futures volatility may be an exception, but the general public is not much affected by that and in times of deep crises local/rural communities actually fare better than others. The rural or small local community is the natural habitat of the family and a place where inequalities are low.

Do you envision times of crisis?

Well it’s not about envisioning. In 2008 we had a global recession which has hit mostly the Western World and a few developing countries with poor diversification. This crisis was never really over and only Government interventions globally have made it possible for Western economies to survive. Central interventions can’t go on forever, besides they produce inflation and currency devaluation, which in turn gives a boost to the physical assets we were talking before.

Let’s get back to the business sectors you follow. Are they already enjoying the benefits of the major change you predict?

Not quite. Opposite to any revolution of the past, developing countries are leading the way and the West is divided between those who try to stop the change and those who accept it to reap the profits of it.

Which category are you in?

The second of course. We are happy for the ‘New World’ to lead the way. They’ve got the right environment, the right people and most of all the enthusiasm. At the same time, we have acquired an enormous experience during the centuries and human talent which is our greatest asset. For example, we have contributed to the ‘Made inItaly’ textile quality and this is a very real thing. So, we humbly accept to be set aside as old World from a ‘political’ standpoint, but as to our know-how, that’s unbeatable.

So what sectors are best performers and what areas are most interesting?

Mineral resources are playing a major role right now and we expect it to expand rapidly in the next 5 years. Gold and precious mineral exploration is becoming more attractive than ever with gold bullion, silver, diamond prices at these levels, inflation seen on the rise, many factors making it a win-win situation. Anyhow, our view is on the long term and with this in mind, agriculture, mining, food processing, textile and pharmaceuticals are the sectors to invest on.

And what is your role as a company with firms investing in these sectors?

Actex is a service provider, a consultancy with real, hands-on experience. Our consultants have spent all their life working in the businesses that have made it big in the last decades in Europe,AmericaandAustralia. These are the people that made the quality excellence that has reached the high-end luxury markets. Those products that developing countries were so eager to buy and now are so eager to manufacture themselves. We are the few who can help them lead the way in the future.

Organic Fungicide Will be Effective When Applied in Proper Amounts

There are many times, when vegetable gardeners face issues like blights, leaf spots, mildews and other fungi, which attack plants. All these issues can quickly damage plants. Such a damaged plant can become unproductive or even dead. Organic fungicides can help secure the plants from these problems.

When confronted with any of the above mentioned disease, many vegetable gardeners and landscape professionals like to use organic products as these products are more environmentally friendly. On the other hand, some gardeners say that they want to use a product that works for their garden, irrespective of its ecological impact. A number of organic fungicide products can satisfy the requirements of both the groups in one container by offering effective control along with minimum ecological impact. However, if we use any chemical (organic or otherwise) in an improper manner, this will result in poor control and will harm non-target organisms.

A major problem, which many vegetable gardeners are facing, is related to finding an organic solution to numerous fungi issues. A lot of fungicides are available in the market for helping gardeners fight against fungi. Before using any pesticide, a proper diagnosis of the problem is essential. Once you have accurately diagnosed the problem, your next step will be to identify the pesticide, which is best for the problem that you wish to manage. You must always remember to check the Organic Fungicide label for ensuring that the plant, which you wish to treat, is labeled and there are no contraindications.

It is advised to strictly follow the mentioned labeled instructions for any pesticide. Mostly, gardeners prefer to use pesticides at higher rates against what is specified on the label. The reason is, they hope that it will result in better control or more lasting effect. However, over applying a pesticide is dangerous not only for the plant, but also for the environment and the applicator. The application rates, which are mentioned on the label of a pesticide, are based on the amount required for controlling the fungi problems. If even after applying these pesticides the problem remain the same, then the reason can be the wrong selection of pesticide for the problem. Thus, it is recommended to thoroughly diagnose the problem and apply the chemical at the proper time and in an adequate amount.

Although, there are numerous organic fungicides available, but sulfur can prove extremely effective against powdery mildew, rusts, rose blackspot and other diseases. Sulfur helps to prevent fungal germinating; thus, it is better to apply it before the disease develops. Sulfur can be bought in various forms like dust, wettable powder or liquid.

How To Build A Chicken Coop-4 Critical Factors To Consider

If you are thinking about building a chicken coop there are a number of things you need to consider.

Today I will set out 4 factors that you must consider before starting your project. The purpose of this article is to allow you to build your chicken coop at the most economical cost without cutting corners to the extent that you are only storing up trouble for the future.

Secret 1-Mobile or StaticIf the protection of your birds from predators is a big issue where you are located you may decide that the best option for you is a mobile or portable coop. This will allow you to keep and eye on your birds from predators and if you only have only a small number of birds and they are family pets to a certain extent, then the mobile coop might be your choice.

Secret 2-VentilationYou will need to ensure adequate ventilation for your birds but you will also need to ensure that it is not toA Cheap Chicken Coop-4 Factors to considerA Cheap Chicken Coop-4 Factors to considero exposed to the elements such as wind and rain. A happy bird is a productive bird and the use of adequate ventilation and space for your birds is a critical factor.

Secret 3-MaterialsThere is no doubt that there are all kinds of cheap scrap materials that you can use for your coop but for the long term you are better off making the investment now in good timber and a good sturdy coop which will withstand the elements.

Secret 4-LocationWhere you locate your coop is very important as a coop that is exposed to tough weather will take a large toll on the coop and the birds. Where flooding occurs in your yard should also be looked at and you need to ensure that your coop is not prone to flooding.

These 4 factors must be considered when looking at chicken coop designs. There are other factors of course such as light, feeders, accessories, water supply and so on and a good set of building instructions and where to find the most appropriate materials are also key.