21 April 2020

Workforce

Backpackers in regional South Australia are losing their jobs and being told to "go home" by local community members amid fears that they will spread coronavirus.

 

The Mid-Western Regional Council is introducing free online courses for local business owners hit hard by coronavirus-related shutdowns. The Mudgee Chamber of Commerce noticed that there was a two speed situation occurring in the town, with tourism, hospitality and retail heavily affected by shutdowns, while farming and mining are largely unaffected.

 

Food Supply and Demand

The Ricegrowers’ Association of Australia has hit back at the ABARES report labelling rice as playing a “modest role” in Australian food security.

 

Farmgate sales are increasing and fruit and vegetable producers are reinventing their supply routes after COVID-19 forced the closure of the hospitality industry nationwide.

 

Markets

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has predicted that the world's major wool consuming countries will see a large decline in economic output in 2020 as a result of COVID-19, raising concerns about the future of demand for Australian wool.

 

Northern pastoralists are nervous as live export of steers out of Darwin has dropped more than a dollar a kilogram.

 

Australia’s industry representative for vegetable and potato growers believes the sector can continue to grow its produce with confidence, following a $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism investment by the Federal government. 

 

Rural Bank is predicting that red meat and grain are going to be among the agricultural commodities that are most resilient. There had initially been some concern for livestock logistics in terms of the market selling system, the industry had come up with solutions and international demand still exists.

 

Rural Life

Premier’s across the country have declared that it will be regional and rural Australia that lead the economic recovery out of the pandemic.

 

The Federal Government has announced $52.8 million in emergency funding to evacuate rural and remote cases of COVID-19 to bigger centres.

 

Rural families are reporting that the NBN satellite services Sky Muster and Sky Muster Plus have stable connections, no slow-down speeds despite the unprecedented demand. This is making a significant difference to the home schooling that families across the country are being required to do. 

 

Nutrien Ag is well set to supply WA farmers with the required fertiliser for the upcoming growing season.


The country’s largest rosella producer is going to host a virtual festival to ensure its largest crop to date does not go to waste.