27 April 2020

Food demand

Farmers are ploughing millions of dollars worth of fresh produce into the soil and laying off workers as the coronavirus ban on dining at cafes, restaurants and pubs continues without an end in sight. 

 

Demand for cheese, butter and milk up in Tasmania as Tasmanians turn to their own kitchens rather than dining out. 

 

Demand for season produce boxes is on the up, assisting produce farmers struggling to sell without farmers markets. 

 

Ag impacts

Australia's agricultural sector must brace for a new wave of coronavirus impacts, the national farm commodities forecaster, the Agricultural Bureau of Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has warned.

 

Wet winter forecast should be good news for farmers, but they remain cautious about long-range modelling.

 

Workforce

Fonterra's Cobden, Vic, milk plant is asking its 300 workers to do temperature checks on arrival, redrawing rosters to stop shift workers crossing paths, and spacing everyone at least two metres apart. 

 

There are fears that NZ shearers will not be allowed into Australia for the spring shearing season, yet another potential hit to the struggling wool industry.

 

Rural Life

The Good Grub Club, a food charity in Daylesford Victoria, is delivering over 100 parcels each week to people impacted by the coronavirus — whether that be financially or socially.

 

The WA travel restrictions sare stranding horses thousands of kilometres away from their owners with no way of reuniting them.

 

Some rural communities are asking to be the first to be reopened as the risk of coronavirus is so low. However, the National Rural Health Commissioner, Professor Paul Worley, has rejected the idea, saying no-one wants to see small towns treated like "guinea pigs".

 

Drive through shopping is booming, with businesses in Western Victoria jumping on board the surge.

 

Some field days are turning to an online model in the wake of COVID-19.

 

Home schooling

Learning from home may make some rural parents aware of the massive city/country divide that can be included in curriculums


Children being home from school can create difficulties for farm work, but also allows them to become more involved.