New Hort Code, now in full effect!

The transition period for the new Horticulture Code ended on Sunday. This means the new Code is fully in force and will cover most transactions between growers and traders.
Some material is available on the ACCC website which will assist with the transition; below are some of the links that be useful: 

  • A fact sheet for growers: How the Horticulture Code helps you
  • Answers to questions which have been posed by growers and other stakeholders are in the Horticulture Code FAQs.
  • Having a Horticulture Produce Agreement is an integral part of compliance with the Code. To make it as straightforward as possible we have produced sample HPAs, depending on whether growers sell their produce to an agent or a merchant (as defined in the Code):
  • Sample Horticulture Produce Agreement - Merchant
  • Sample Horticulture Produce Agreement – Agent
  • Questions relating to packing houses are some of the most frequently raised with the ACCC: We recently sent out a newsletter on this topic. If you would like to receive future newsletters, with the latest news and events relevant to the horticulture sector, please sign up to our Agriculture Information Network.
  • While the Code defines horticulture produce as unprocessed fruit, vegetables (including mushrooms and other edible fungi), nuts, herbs and other edible plants, it does not define ‘unprocessed’. The ACCC’s web page provides some clarification, and an example, about how this is defined.
  • One of the parts of the Code which is new (i.e. was not in the previous Code) is the obligation to deal in good faith. Our website provides an explanation, and examples, of good faith.
  • Traders have to give growers a regular statement about how they dealt with the grower’s produce. The ACCC website has information outlining what these statements need to tell growers.
  • The full range of ACCC information is at: Horticulture code guidance materials

Note an online tool is available if you would like to anonymously report an competition or fair trading issue in the agriculture sector.
For more information please contact:
Andrew Parnell
Senior Analyst Agriculture Unit
Australian Competition & Consumer Commission
Level 17 | 2 Lonsdale Street Melbourne 3000
T: 03 9290 6975 | F: 03 9663 3699

04 April 2018

4 Up Skilling offers training opportunity specialising in cherry production

Also attached is a copy of the Course Structure and Timetable. 

Please contact Brendan White 0438 486655 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. 

(PDF Version available for download below)



07 March 2018

QFF Regional Coordinator for Yarra Valley, Bronwyn Koll talks about how to Prevent QFF

QFF is a real risk to your business if not properly addressed and managed. Please consider what you can do to prevent QFF in your Yarra Valley business. Encourage an increase in vigilance on property hygiene and biosecurity, monitoring with traps, increased fruit inspections, and bait spraying - in case the unknown risk is greater than the current PFPP - DEDJTR traps indicate.
Hygiene and Biosecurity include:
  • timely harvest of all fruit  including commercial crops, garden hosts and other fruiting hosts in/on/around the property – even check the neighbours and the risks bordering the property e.g. roadsides.
  • satisfactory disposal of all collected waste fruit  that ensures no larval survival (if by chance QFF are present).  Including packhouse waste. e.g. cold storage (2 weeks is the minimum for apples), freezing, boiling, solarising, deep burial below 1m with compacted soil, investigate maceration and desiccation options, stock feed.
  • removal or destruction of fallen fruit and fruit left  after the main harvest (e.g. destroy normal uninfested fruit in the paddock with sweepers, mulchers and rollers etc)
ensuring no fruit from unknown or unreliable sources is bought onto the property - this includes: 
01 March 2018

Fruit-fly controls akin to managing natural disaster

CALLS to strengthen Tasmania’s biosecurity borders are growing, with supermarket giants in the island state removing some fresh produce from shelves as fears of a major fruit-fly incursion escalate.

Tasmania’s biosecurity authority has issued a statewide recall of all produce that passed through a fumigation facility in Victoria after fruit-fly larvae was found in nectarines at a Devonport grocery store. Read more of this Article from The Mercury. 

01 March 2018

Yarra Valley U-pick trail allows people to fill up baskets with fresh fruit

YARRA Valley farmers are encouraging locals to support them as they face a rapidly changing agricultural landscape.

And a new initiative is allowing people to get out and taste the best of what the valley has the offer.YARRA Valley farmers are encouraging locals to support them as they face a rapidly changing agricultural landscape.

And a new initiative is allowing people to get out and taste the best of what the valley has the offer.

Water, climate, land values and labour costs are some of the challenges confronting farmers across the region who are turning to technology and alternative business streams to stay ahead of the curve.

Fourth-generation cherry grower Steve Chapman and his brother Mark own Chappies in Silvan and are on the newly formed Yarra Valley U-Pick Trail, offering people the chance to fill up buckets and baskets with fresh local produce.

Read more of this Herald Sun article.





08 February 2018

2017 Cherry Season is here

Read the 2017 Cherry Season Media Release

27 November 2017
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