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HUNTER’S STANCE ON
CASAR has responded to
a letter from Minister for the
Environment and Water, Ian
Hunter, in which he outlined his
stance on the Murray-Darling
Some of the key points in
CASAR’s response included:
- SA receives on average about
4000 gigalitres (GL) of water
annually plus 2750GL of Basin
Plan water, most of which comes
- CASAR agrees with Minister
Barnaby Joyce on this issue that
South Australia has received a fair
deal with the return of 2750GL of
water. Any more water such as the
450GL of ‘up water’ is more than
the environment needs and more
than irrigators across the basin
are prepared to give up.
q As is commonly quoted SA
only extracts 5 to 7 per cent of
the total basin water available,
and although this is true (at
around 500GL total extraction)
SA actually receives, with the
basin plan water included, around
40 per cent of basin water on
average. The State Government
needs to be less ‘green’ driven by
demanding water from upstream
states and start using the water
it gets more efficiently and effec-
CASAR propose the following
alternatives for consideration by
the State Government:
q Projects such as the Lake
Albert connector need to be con-
sidered as this should negate the
need for lake cycling and save
hundreds of gigalitres of water
q Connecting the Coorong to
the Southern Ocean to regulate
the EC in this body of water could
be a better option than demand-
ing more fresh water from
thousands of kilometres away to
achieve the same result.
q Consider a water licensing
system similar to upstream states
which would allow annual crops
to be grown in a high flow season
like the one we have just expe-
rienced. The State Government
undervalues the opportunity extra
water for irrigation would provide
the state’s economy.
The 2016 season was a record
year for Australian citrus exports.
In the period from January to
November, almost 220,000
tonnes of citrus left Australian
shores at a value of $335 million.
This reflects a 10 per cent rise
in volumes and a 24 per cent rise
in values compared to the same
period in 2015.
Citrus Australia market access
manager David Daniels said as
predicted, the China market has
continued to grow to a volume of
40,000 tonnes with a value of
“We have also seen growth in
Japan of around 25 per cent to a
value of $A53 million,” he said.
“Hong Kong has declined a lit-
tle since last season but that is to
be expected as direct trade into
mainland China has developed
over the last few years.
“Despite some serious
regulatory challenges, Indonesia
really fired this year with volumes
around the 13,000-tonne mark.”
The Philippines and Canada
have been two recent surprises
with trade volumes around 6000
tonnes in each market.
David said it was difficult to
predict how markets will per-
form this coming season but
said demand for Australian fruit
“As long as we have the right
size and quality, there is no rea-
son to expect that this season will
be any different,” he said.
If you are interested in
attending a workshop or a
one-on-one consultation with
international gibberellic acid (GA)
expert Ian Garden, please register
He will conduct workshops
on Monday, February 27 at the
Waikerie Hotel from 9-10.30am,
at the Loxton Research Centre
from 1.30-3pm and in the
Renmark Hotel board room
from 3.30-5pm. The one-on-one
sessions will be held on-property
on Tuesday, February 28.
There are still time slots
available at Loxton and Renmark.
Please email saregion@
citrusaustralia.com.au to register
your interest before Monday,
A succession planning work-
shop will be held at Waikerie on
Wednesday, March 15. It will be
hosted by Potatoes SA but pri-
mary producers from all sectors
are welcome to attend as the
information provided is not indus-
The workshop will be held at
the Waikerie Hotel from 5-8pm
and will include presentations by
Rabobank succession planning
facilitator Rosemary Bartle, Lynch
Meyer Lawyers partner John
MacPhail, Prime Super SA region-
al manager Chris Pole, Prime
Super financial planner Noel
Hazeldine and RSM Australia
director Brenton Scott.
The cost is $50 for non-mem-
bers of Potatoes SA and includes
dinner and refreshments.
Please RSVP by Wednesday,
March 1 to 0475 070 240 or
Monday, Feb 27 – GA
Workshops, Waikerie, Loxton,
Monday, Feb 28 – GA consulta-
tions Waikerie, Loxton, Renmark
March 1-2 – Citrus Australia
Technical Conference, Mildura
Citrus Australia - SA Regional Wrap
l Ian Garden
The reverend Sandy Webb spoke about the
Disaster and Recovery Ministries at the service.
STORM SERVICE: At last Sunday’s ecumenical
service at the Berri Rowing Club to offer support
for growers affected by November 11 storm was
Michael Trautwein, being interviewed by John
THE grape harvest has now officially commenced –
and it’s a late one.
Third-generation Waikerie grape grower Craig
Miller, from Wyargana (with vineyards at Qualco,
Waikerie and Cadell), was among one of the first
to start harvesting grapes last week in the Riverland
“I only know of a couple other growers that have
started vintage so far in this area,” Mr Miller said.
“This vintage is at least three weeks behind pre-
vious years, and since I started managing Wyargana
properties six years ago, it feels like every year we
are starting earlier and earlier, but not this year.
“During this year’s season we have had plenty
of rain along with mild temperatures, compared to
previous years, and not many long periods of hot
“It has been ‘hit and miss’ – a crazy year weath-
Mr Miller said Wyargana’s Qualco vineyards
were hit hard from the storm in November last year,
with about 150 acres of vines damaged.
“It’s hard to put a number on it as we are now
still finding rows with broken posts, and leaning
over from the winds that occurred,” he said.
“Now the crop is getting heavy, further damage
from the storms has become more noticeable.
“After the storms we picked everything up off the
ground so we could get through with the sprayers
and tractors, which meant we were able to still har-
vest a crop when the time came.
“The damage that occurred from the hail pretty
much looked like we had just run the pruner down
one side of the canopy on the worst-hit vines.
“In reality, we have lost 40 to 50 per cent of the
crop in those areas.”
On Wednesday last week Mr Miller harvested
some chardonnay in his Qualco vineyard which was
hit hard during the November storms.
“From the two chardonnay patches I picked last
Wednesday my six-year average shows that I would
normally get around 160 tonne from them, but this
year it was only 85 tonne,” he said.
“We were picking the worst storm-effected patch-
es and these particular grapes were being delivered
to Yalumba in the Barossa Valley to be used for
yeast culture, due to the quality being down because
a late vintage
SA Minister for Regional
Development Geoff Brock has
described the newly redeveloped
Loxton Research Centre as a “shining
example of the vital role South
Australia’s regions are playing in
economic growth and job creation”.
Mr Brock was among a group of
MPs who attended last Friday’s official
opening of the $7.5 million facility.
“With its stunning design and
modern technology, this world-class
facility – constructed by local builders
will attract new business, research
and investment into the region and will
provide huge benefits for many years
to come,” Mr Brock said.
Federal Minister for Regional
Development, Senator Fiona Nash,
said the redeveloped hub would
encourage researchers and industry to
drive innovation in agriculture.
Research centre a ‘shining example’
Loxton Waikerie Mayor Leon Stasinowsky talks to SA Premier Jay Weatherill.
At the official opening of the new redeveloped Loxton Research Centre last week were (from left) Member for Barker Tony Pasin, SA
Premier Jay Weatherill, SA Senator Anne Ruston, State Minister for Regional Development Geoff Brock and Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone. PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
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