Article – Vegetable industry looks to Asia for export boost

by 27 March 2014

26 March 2014 Matt Brann ABC Rural

Nine per cent of vegetables produced in Australia each year are exported, but the industry is desperate to do more.

The 91 per cent of vegies left over are still way more food than the domestic market can handle.

There’s been exciting growth in some Asian markets, and last financial year, Australia exported $60 million of fresh vegies to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and the UAE.

Hayden Moore, from [...]

Article – Egypt welcomes lifting of live export ban

by 26 March 2014

24 March 2014 Libby Price and Tyne McConnon ABC Rural

Live cattle are expected to head to Egypt in coming months, with the Federal Government last week announcing an agreement with Egypt for the trade to resume.

It’s a year since the Australian industry suspended cattle exports to Egypt over welfare concerns, and it’s eight years since evidence of serious animal cruelty halted sheep exports there.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says Egypt has committed to [...]

Article – Capitalism suddenly not looking so bad

by 26 March 2014

24 March 2014 Ian Verrender The Drum

For a while China was a beacon for those who thought centrally planned or partially controlled economies had an edge over the unpredictable nature of unrestrained entrepreneurialism. Until now, writes Ian Verrender.

Capitalism has had a bad rap in recent years.

The trigger may have been the near meltdown of the global banking system that rocked the foundations of western democratic society. But it was the ignominy of [...]

Article – Farmers highlight red-tape to a government ‘white paper’ on agricultural competitiveness

by 26 March 2014

24 March 2014 Lucinda Jose ABC Rural

The Federal Government’s Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper is taking submissions from 35 regional communities and capital cities.

It’s hoped the White Paper will help Government re-think existing policies and create new ones to make sure Australia’s agriculture sector remains a significant contributor to the economy and local communities.

The task force dropped in to Bunbury, Katanning, Perth and Geraldton last week for the intensive public consultation process.

Pastoralist [...]

Article – Putin Tasks Trusted Lieutenant With Economic Development Of Crimea

by 25 March 2014

24 March 2014 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Russian President Vladimir Putin named Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, his long-time trusted lieutenant and trouble-shooter, on March 21 to oversee the economic development of the Republic of Crimea.

Crimea and the city of Sevastopol were formally incorporated into the Russian Federation as individual federation subjects on March 17. Putin then designated the two regions as a separate Crimean Federal District, and named Oleg Belaventsev, [...]

Article – Vietnamese company after NT land for dragon fruit megafarm

by 24 March 2014

13 March 2014 Matt Brann & Carl Curtain ABC Rural

If it goes ahead, it will be the biggest dragon fruit farm in Australia.

The CT Group, which has a diverse portfolio that includes retail and education, has met with members of the Northern Territory Government to outline its plan of expanding its dragon fruit empire to Australia.

The CT Group is already a major producer of the bright pink fruit and, through [...]

Video – Imants Kins on ABC News 24

by 21 March 2014

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Article – Rinehart secures $7.2bn deal

by 21 March 2014

20 March 2014 Nick Evans The West Australian

After 18 months of negotiations, Mrs Rinehart has cemented her family legacy by putting the final blocks in place of what Roy Hill chief executive Barry Fitzgerald says is the biggest ever funding package for a mine.

It also defies many industry sceptics who did not think Australia’s richest person would be able to pull off such a financing at a time when the iron ore price [...]

Article – Zone tax fairness sought

by 20 March 2014

19 March 2014 North West Star

A fairer zone allowance tax for people who live in regional centres is one of the Mount Isa City Council’s top priorities.

This issue, along with enhanced water infrastructure, is outlined in the council’s Northern Australia Vision Paper submission.

“Our council has hosted forums consisting of local business people from across the breadth of all major industries, and one of the key issues consistently put forward as affecting the [...]

Article – NT preparing for minerals exploration boom

by 19 March 2014

19 March 2014 Lauren Fitzgerald ABC Rural

The amount of money being spent on minerals exploration in the Northern Territory might be down on previous years, but delegates at regional industry conference were optimistic.

With more than 200 delegates present, attendance at the Annual Geoscience Exploration Seminar in Alice Springs was down on previous years and there were no big announcements.

The latest Geological Survey for the Northern Territory was a feature of the gathering, [...]