And it is helping local growers reduce “waste” and get more value from their crops.
Australia’s Agriculture Minister has all but given up on trying to convince young and unemployed people to move to the bush for farming jobs.
More than 100 safety notices have been dished out following an inspection blitz by WorkSafe of farms across the State, with foreign-owned regional properties found to be the worst offenders.
A new outbreak of a damaging exotic pest has rung alarm bells for the State’s horticulture growers.
The seasonal workers will travel to 10 farms across the State for work, with more arrivals due to help once they complete two weeks of hotel quarantine.
WorkSafe investigators are set to carry out blitz inspections on more than a dozen WA agricultural farms after two work-related deaths at farming properties in recent weeks.
The annual Charity Cherry Auction saw a heated battle between Perth’s highest-profile fresh produce this morning. But we have a winner.
They are some of a number of West Aussies working on farms this summer, after the industry’s backpacking workforce was depleted, leaving 7000 seasonal jobs going begging.
For many, the dotting of highways with stalls selling fresh cherries signals the start of summer.
Hundreds of seasonal workers from Vanuatu will arrive in Perth within weeks to help ensure there’s enough fruit and vegetables on supermarket shelves for the festive season.
And new data shows less than 5 per cent of those positions have been filled through the State’s $3 million accommodation subsidy scheme.
The McGowan Government has transferred ownership of Ord land to native title holders
In the Manjimup region alone, more than 2000 seasonal workers are needed in the coming months to pick and pack fruit and vegetables including avocados, cauliflowers and cherries.
A State Government scheme to encourage more West Australians to take up farm work during the harvest season has been slammed after it was revealed fewer than 100 people have been approved.
Shannon Verhagen, Charlotte Elton & Jenne Brammer
WA’s horticulture industry has been reassured a deal to quarantine more than 300 Pacific Islander workers needed to help with the State’s fruit and vegetable harvest should be resolved next week.
WA apple growers are calling for “vigorous safeguards” to be put in place if US apple imports are given the green light, over fears foreign pests could enter the State and wipe out orchards.
A Carnarvon banana grower will promote information flow and work to achieve the best outcomes for levy payers, if elected to a national research and development body later this month.
Spudshed CEO Frankie Galati has warned the price of some fruit and vegetables are set to sky-rocket this Christmas as labour shortages and WA’s hard border begin to bite.
Caitlyn Rintoul & Jenna Clarke
Ord farmers touted as the first beneficiaries of a plan to allow workers from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste to enter WA say the measure has come too late for this year.
Farm workers from Vanuatu and Timor-Leste will be brought into WA to help bring in this year’s harvests, the State Government has revealed.
Growers says the Government’s move to attract Australians to the country to pick fruit and veg have come months too late to avoid shortages and price hikes.
WA-bred apples are among the healthiest in the world and they could soon become even healthier, according to new research from Edith Cowan University.
As part of the $301 million nationwide Drought Communities Programme initiative, 25 WA local governments were awarded $1million and a further 10 received $500,000.
The Daws family, which pioneered the State’s live export industry, has become a major shareholder in an avocado-focused business
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