QFF Weekly Bulletin - 3 March 2014
In recent years, growers and others in the industry have been commenting on an apparent change in the quantities of imported flowers entering the Australian market. In general, most of the reports seem to relate to a steady increase in imports, which has raised discussion about the potential impact of these changes on the Australian production industry.
FAQI has heard the queries and concerns of the industry and has initiated a project to gather and compare published data on flower imports and domestic production. Information is being gathered from reliable sources, including the ABS to identify interesting trends and to eventually develop recommendations to overcome potential barriers to future industry expansion.
To commence this project we have today sent out the survey in the FAQI Newsletter. If you missed it in the newsletter, please take the time to complete the survey - link here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LT772KH
FAQI is proud to announce that “Queensland flower growers will be able to benefit from a follow-on project that aims to reduce the cost of water use on farms. The four year 'Growing for Profit' project funded by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines will focus on engaging growers to achieve a benchmark level of kilowatt hours of energy required to pump and lift a megalitre of water per metre head. Read more...
THE Queensland Farmers' Federation has welcomed last week’s announcement of increased funding for drought assistance from the State Government, and adds that refinement and further measures will be needed should drought declarations move into the State's intensive farming regions. With the drought conditions spreading, attention was also turning to the worsening conditions for coastal farming regions, the Central Highlands, Border Rivers and Darling Downs.
QFF welcomes the drought assistance funding and approach from the State Government of looking at new options as well as comments from the Premier that he is open to suggestions for how to relieve the pressure of the worsening drought. QFF has welcomed the funding for community events and leadership training, which we see as recognition of the broad impacts of drought not just on individuals, but whole communities. The government could further improve on this initiative in the future by focusing on programs that keep workers in place. Such an employment initiative was used successfully after Cyclone Yasi. QFF will continue to advocate for improved drought preparedness measures, as we have done through the Commonwealth's most recent review process that started in 2008.
In 211 pages, this publication contains everything the successful florist needs to know about sourcing, buying, storing, preparing and selling 116 flower and 30 foliage products. The book is printed on waterproof paper, making it more durable when used in the floristry and wider flower industry workplace. Read more...
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...
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 email@example.com 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...
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
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...
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