Cherry Growers Australia, Horticulture Australia Limited and the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture are working together using levy funded project to run some workshops on Little Cherry Virus 2 in Tasmania, South Australia, Victoria and New south Wales. A world expert on LCV2:
Dr Kenneth C. Eastwell, Plant Pathologist / Director, Clean Plant Center Northwest College of Agricultural Human and Natural Resource Sciences Washington State University IAREC, Prosser, is travelling from the USA from 20 May to 2 June 2014 to present at the Fruit Growers Tasmania conference from 22 to 25 May and take part in workshops in other States. A workshop will be held in the Yarra Valley at Landmark George St, Wandin Nrth on 29 May 2014 from 10 am - 2.00 pm.
See below to download the Workshop Flyer.
Please look at the HAL Review, not necessarily all 315 pages but the Recommendation and the Executive Summary.
The Federal Minister is very supportive of the Review and its recs and HAL board and its 43 members have 3 months to comment and look to a way forward.
Any feedback would be good, as the CGA board will be discussing this on its meeting on 2 June as it could have implications for CGA operations and also other commodity bodies in the temperate fruit industry into the future.
A NEW pest-free protocol in the Yarra Valley will boost domestic exports for berry and cherry growers. In a breakthrough for the region’s growers Yarra Valley berries and cherries can now access interstate markets without fruit-fly treatment.
The protocol came into effect in late January and the first fruit was sent to South Australia in early February. Read more of this Weekly Times article.
Silvan berry and cherry grower Steve Chapman began working towards the Yarra Valley Pest Free Place of Production last year when Queesland Fruit Fly was declared endemic to Victoria. The declaration affected growers around the state but especially in the Yarra Valley where there is no fruit fly and a lot of berries are grown. Read more of this Weekly Times article.