QFF Weekly Bulletin - 2nd December 2013
Local flower growers are being threatened by a recent influx of cut flowers, an industry spokesperson says.
New Zealand Flowers Growers Association's David Blewden says volumes
of imported flowers from countries such as India, Malaysia and Columbia
started to increase earlier this year.
"Imports of roses, lilies and carnations have skyrocketed. Read more...
From 1 November 2013 there will be changes to how Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN) will be controlled. This follows recent negotiations between the states that will change land use practices and market access arrangements for host produce marketed nationally (except Western Australia).
Current interstate quarantine controls which are based on the treatment and certification of all host produce (see definition) sourced from within 20 km of a known PCN detection, will be replaced by property-based controls effective 1 November, 2013. Read more...
A number of recent applications have forwarded by DAFF in relation to imported plant material.
PEPICC Priortisation Callistephus
PEPICC Priortisation China Chrysanthemums
PEPICC Priortisation China Lilies
PEPICC Priortisation Columbia devitalisation request
PEPICC Priortisation Dianthus
PEPICC Priortisation Echinacea Rumhra from Kenya
PEPICC Priortisation India Lilies
PEPICC Priortisation NZ Lilies
PEPICC PriortisationRhapis with stems
Zantedeschia Bulbs PEPICC PRIORTISATION ASSESMENT SHEET
Comment is sought on the relevance of the proposals to the cut flower and foliage industry so that each proposal can be prioritised.
There is a 60 day comment period which will end on 18 October 2013.
Please forward your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 18th September and to ensure that they are forwarded to DAFF by the due date.
The Flower Association of Queensland Inc. has developed Careers in flowers and foliage to showcase the people and professions of the Australian cut flower and foliage industry. Learn more about how you can become a part of this exciting and rewarding industry. Read more...
As part of the due diligence procedures for the HAL project 'MT10029 - Managing pesticide access in horticulture', AgAware (as the Minor use coordinator) has prepared a 'Permit Status Report' for cut flower.
The report contains:
This information will assist industry to manage the permit process and ensure the necessary processes are undertaken for future permit requirements.
- Managing pesticide access in horticulture
This project has been funded by HAL using the vegetable industry levy and across industry funds with matched funds from the Australian Government.
QUEENSLAND farmers are among those who will be stung hard by electricity price hikes announced by the Queensland Competition Authority.
The State’s peak group for intensive agriculture and irrigation, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation, said the determination on electricity prices for 2013-2014 would place a heavy burden on the State’s farmers and irrigators.
The determination imposes price hikes of up to 20% for farmers on some tariffs, and follows price hikes of up to 200% over the last five years.
The Queensland Competition Authority was directed under Section 23 of the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) Act 1997 to recommend irrigation prices to apply to certain Seqwater water supply schemes from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017. The Authority’s Final Report, including recommended prices, has been published on the Authority’s website site: http://www.qca.org.au/water/SEQIrrigPrices/.
MEDIA RELEASE - QCA recommends new prices for SEQ irrigators
3 May 2013
The Australian Government is working with industry to build a more secure end to end supply chain for our air cargo exports, involving those who produce, move or uplift goods on an aircraft. A discussion paper is available from the Departments website and responses to the discussion paper need to be submitted by Sunday 28th April 2013. Read more...
The proposed changes to the current protective plants legislative framework has the potential to adversely affect businesses that rely on the appropriate management of protected plant species. Read More
Media Release - Mothers' Day - Sunday 12th May 2013
THE Queensland Farmers Federation said that further funding for flood recovery announced today was a significant and positive step forward for the recovery effort from the Australia Day floods, which is now requiring a similar effort to rebuild farms as was the case two years ago. Read more...
Expanding consumer usage of fresh floral products is a goal for many members of the cut flower and foliage industry, from breeders, to growers, suppliers, importers, and wholesalers, and to retail florists and floral mass marketers. Read more...
Valentine’s Day 2013 - Rose sales on the increase.
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The Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) has received a country application from Taiwan to begin the importation of lilium species as cut flowers from Taiwan. The application can be seen at Biosecurity Advice 2012/22 on the DAFF website.
Click here to hear a radio interview about Flower Growers at the Sydney market who are concerned about imported flowers. It went to air on Saturday 14th April 2012.
The Australian Flower Council (AFC) is continuing with its commitment to build strong industry capacity, to make a real difference to the sustainability of the Australian cut flower, and foliage industry. Click here to read more about the AFC.
Myrtle Rust updates and information. FAQI's representative on myrtle rust is Nick Hutchinson of Cedar Hill. If you have any questions or concerns about myrtle rust, contact Nick at (07) 5442 3055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Flower Association of Queensland Inc. (FAQI) is a non-profit organisation based in Brisbane, Queensland Australia. The Association aims to further the development of the commercial cut flower and foliage industry together with the many allied businesses included in this vibrant industry. FAQI employs seven staff and is spearheaded by an industry-elected Executive Committee.
Our Vision - A strong, vibrant and sustainable cut flower and foliage industry.
Our Mission - To facilitate the sharing of information, skills, experiences and resources throughout the Queensland cut flower and foliage industry.
Proposed Intensive Floral Postharvest & Marketing Program