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Horticulture Coalition SA president Angelo Demasi:

‘Market access needed to meet production’

Horticulture Coalition of SA’s president Angelo Demasi has highlighted ‘open communication between industry groups and government policy makers to ensure access to new markets as a top priority in 2019.

Demasi said after a challenging year for South Australia’s producers -particularly apple, cherry and strawberry growers- it was crucial for industry bodies to lead the way and, offer support and market certainty.

“Helping our growers effectively through the tampering sagas was a big achievement for the year but industry also had a good focus on opening up access to the export market  – we need to continue that,” he said. “The coalition took the lead role to ensure our growers were not too effected by the tampering situation and help bring back consumer confidence into the market place too.”

Demasi said water expansion plans that were announced for Boliver and the northern Adelaide Plains this year were also a big step forward for growers to increase vegetable production. The challenge continues to be agreeing on fair water pricing for growers accessing the water.

Despite the challenges faced by the sector, Demasi told that the “feeling among citrus and stone fruit growers was positive. Citrus have had a good season.”

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