29 April 2020

Food Supply and Demand

Australia's largest flour mill, Manildra Flour Mill based in New South Wales' Central West region, is increasing its production capacity, allowing it to produce an extra 50 million kilograms of flour by the middle of the year.

 

Coronavirus has failed to dent the sales of listed goat milk infant formula company Nuchev in the first three months of this year.

 

Markets

China's Ambassador Jingye Cheng has suggested the demand for an independent inquiry into China’s handling of COVID-19 may lead to potential consumer boycotts on Australian exporters, affecting industries such as education, agriculture and tourism.

 

Climate News

Bioenergy could be the Morrison government's next step in its emissions reduction strategy. Minister Angus Taylor said growth in use of bioenergy can reduce emissions, aid the agriculture sector and boost Australia’s fuel security. (See also here)

 

Solar, wind and battery storage now cheapest energy options just about everywhere.

 

The Conversation’s “Climate explained” series latest article: why higher carbon dioxide levels aren’t good news, even if some plants grow faster.

 

Rural Life

On her country mail run Jocelyn Flint delivers letters, boxes of wine, flat pack queen-size beds, asthma puffers, and even biscuits for morning tea to residents in Tasmania’s North West, who are under strict stay at home orders. 

 

Australia's second-biggest gold miner has warned the industry to be on "red alert" for fatigue and mental health issues among workers after the introduction of longer rosters as a result of COVID-19.


Rural medical bodies have come out in support of the government’s COVID-19 contact tracing app, saying it will be an important tool in the fight against the virus in regional and remote areas.