Cherries and organics feature in March 1996 | FLASHBACK

Cherries and organics feature in March 1996 | FLASHBACK

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Stroll back to March 1996 with our Flashback piece.

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CHERRIES and organics were the focus of the March 1996 edition of Good Fruit & Vegetables magazine.

In celebrating the magazine's 30th year of publication, we continue to highlight previous editions, particularly the faces that appeared with them.

As usual, there was plenty going on in the world of horticulture at the time.

The Western Australian table grape industry set an example for other primary producers by becoming the first in Australia to receive quality certification under Agriculture Western Australia's newly developed SQF 2000 Quality Code.

March 1 of that year saw the introduction of the vegetable levy with growers paying .5 per cent of the value of the product at the first point of sale.

The levy was expected to generate some $8 million for research and development programs through the then Horticultural Research and Development Corporation.

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The Australian United Fresh Transport Advisory Council and the Department of Primary INdustries and Energy's agribusiness program's code of practice for road transportation of fresh produce was completed and promoted to the industry.

The publication took a special look at the broad-spectrum fumigant, methyl bromide.

In technology news, the South Australian Farmers Federation launched fax-on-demand and voice-activated information systems, giving callers a runDown on indicative wine-grape prices.

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