13 Jul

Olive water study in Australia

A rural Industries Research Development Corporation study has shown that olive growers can reduce their irrigation without sacrificing yield. The study also suggests the characteristics of the olives are not affected by reducing water volumes. The study, Olive Crop Management for Optimal Sensory and Chemical Quality Project, was carried out over four years at a […]

19 Jun

Timbercorp : High costs dampen almond, olive takeovers

The administrator for failed agribusiness giant Timbercorp has been given approval by the Victorian Supreme Court to apply to wind up the company’s olive and almond schemes. KordaMentha wants to end the schemes to make it easier to sell the 13 almond projects and 11 olive groves in northern Victoria. Spokesman Michael Smith says a […]

19 Jun

Australian Olive growers face low yields

By Kim Woods, Harvest, which began in mid-April, is wrapping up after severe frosts last week. Wagga Wagga, in NSW, is home to about 55,000 trees owned by investment companies and small growers. The Riverina Olive Growers Association has 45 active members picking fruit from up to 30,000 trees. Association secretary Vici Murdoch said unseasonal […]

10 Jun

$200,000 boost for Australian Olive Association

The Australian Olive Association (AOA) is celebrating a welcomed boost after the Federal Government confirmed a $200,000 grant, which will enable the AOA to develop a high-profile marketing campaign to promote Australian extra virgin olive oil and table olives. The funding, announced by Minister for Agriculture Tony Burke, is part of a $2 million wider […]

06 Jun

Viability of Timbercorp’s forests in doubt

The administrators of troubled agricultural projects manager Timbercorp say they have not yet determined if the company’s forestry projects are still viable, or insolvent like its olive and almonds projects. Timbercorp was placed in administration in April, with liabilities estimated at the time of $930 million. Mark Korda of administrator KordaMentha said on Thursday that […]