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Dried Fruits Australia newsletter · 29 January 2021
Hi <<First Name>>, welcome to your second Currant News for 2021.

The National Farmers' Federation has been working on behalf of horticulture against an application by the Australian Workers' Union to vary the Horticulture Award 2020. The application seeks to install a "floor" on piecework arrangements so that the worker must earn at least the minimum hourly rate, which the NFF says will render the piece rate provisions meaningless and piece work arrangements moribund.

Growers are invited to contribute evidence to the submission. For more information and to contribute, please download this guide prepared by the NFF.

In this Currant News we look at last week's research and development forum, a new seasonal worker arrangement and more.
Forum explores future opportunities
New equipment, system automation, trellis design and education and training were among the key topics discussed at last week's R&D forum.

Dried Fruits Australia brought together about 30 people, including growers, processors, contract service providers and Hort Innovation representatives, to help identify the industry's key research, development and extension needs.

Group discussions, which focused on improving the productivity of growing systems, raised several opportunities that will guide DFA's strategic plan and industry investments over the next few years.

A full report on the day and its findings will be included in the next Vine magazine, which comes out next month.
Seasonal workers headed for Victoria
Workers from the Pacific Islands will soon arrive in Victoria to undertake harvest work, after quarantining in Tasmania, as part of a new deal between the two state governments.

Announced last week, the deal will see Tasmania quarantine 1500 seasonal workers for 14 days. Then, following a negative coronavirus test, they will be transferred on flights to Victoria.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the arrangement wasn’t a silver bullet in addressing this season’s challenges but would ease some of the pressure felt by farmers.

See the media release for more details.
News bites

Have your say on biosecurity

Victorians are invited to share their views to help the state improve how it prepares for and meets future biosecurity challenges.

The online Understanding Victoria’s Biosecurity System Survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, and is open until Thursday 11 February.

New season crop report

Australian Premium Dried Fruits has released its second crop report of the 2020/21 season, saying they're seeing good yields on Thomson Seedless, Sunmuscat, Sunglo and Carina currants.

The report, available on APDF's YouTube channel, also discusses the impact of a recent hail event at one of their larger properties.

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