ABA AGM Outcomes…. The 2005 AGM was held as part of the Almond Conference program in November 2005 at the Berri Resort Hotel. Financial Reports for 2004/05 were presented to members for approval.
The ABA Executive Committee comprises eight members: Grower Representatives - Adelaide Region (1)
- Riverland Region (2) - Sunraysia Region (2)
The ABA constitution was amended to create Associate Membership for almond industry service providers and interested parties, including nurseries and beekeepers. The concept of a Biosecurity levy was introduced, following a detailed presentation by Andrew Heap, General Manager of the Australian Macadamia Society. Unanimous support was received for the proposed levy. Further consultation will now take place, in parallel with continued development of the Nut Industry’s Biosecurity Plan. The Executive committee was re-elected for 2005/06, with Stephen Lynch continuing in the role of Chairman for a further 12 months.
Marketing Representatives - (3)
Stephen Lynch Neale Bennett Jim Pierson Frank Condo Richard Smart
Strategic Planning A two-day workshop was attended by the IAC and the ABA Executive in late November to map out almond industry objectives for the next five years. This process was facilitated by Phil Herd from Corporate Plans. The plan will set direction for future activities including R&D and Marketing. The strategic plan will be presented for comment through a series of regional meetings.
Publications For Sale
Almond Production Manual - $37.50, Integrated Pest Management for Almonds 2 nd Edition - $40.00. Contact the ABA to arrange purchases.
Nut Consumption Booms In 2004/05 consumption of tree nuts in Australia grew by 29 per cent in dollar terms and 8 per cent in kilograms. Almonds were a star performer with consumption surging 65 per cent in dollars and 25 per cent in kilograms, and all this on back of impressive gains in 2003/04.
“Australian Nutgrower” Magazine
Most tree nuts enjoyed an increase in their dollar value this year reflecting the price increases. However several nuts showed a small decline in the number of kilograms sold in 2004/05 following the exceptional growth in 2003/04. For more information contact Lisa Yates - Nuts for Life Coordinator Ph: (02) 9460 0111 Email: email@example.com