17 April 2020

Markets

The value of South Australian wine exports grew by 8 per cent to $1.87 billion in the 12 months to March 31, but with the value of the nation’s March exports to China almost half that of the same time last year, growers are being warned of more pain ahead.

 

Food Supply and Demand

Coles has slashed the price of mince, which butchers and producers view as an attempt to claw back customers.

 

ABARES researchers are reassuring Australians that we have excellent food security, it is logistics and demand surges that have led to empty shelves. (See also here)

 

Workforce

Regional Australia Institute chief economist Kim Houghton believes there is potential that this pandemic could make regional workforces more resilient.

 

Rural Life

Qantas and Virgin will reopen parts of their domestic network after the Federal government agreed to underwrite critical remote and metropolitan services.

 

NBN is establishing a financial relief fund to help internet providers to support their residential and small and medium business customers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. $50 million of the fund will go to low income households with school age children.

 

You can now do virtual wine tastings with the winemakers themselves, as certain wineries are not providing the cellar door experience online. Keith Tulloch and his son Alisdair are two of our farmers.