Whilst the supply chain participants have had a busy year, so have the ABA Board, Committees and staff. In short, the ABA role is to provide an improved operating environment for us all to conduct our businesses in. Whether access to information through to access to markets, the ABA has invested heavily in time and effort to continue the industry’s development during the year. I would like to thank the Board and Committee members for their commitment to the industry during the past year which is undertaken on a voluntary basis. Their input on a wide range of issues has been invaluable. Taking the direction of the Board and following it through to a result is the role of the ABA staff and we are fortunate to have a talented and committed team in place. I thank our staff for their dedication over the last year. In closing the door on 2011 it is wise for us to remember the lessons of this wet year
The recent rain events were an apt way to see out 2011. Record rainfall for the year and much of it at difficult times has challenged the members of our industry right across the supply chain. The weed, pest, disease, flooding and harvesting pressures have many growers remembering fondly the period of drought conditions if not the cost of water. The inconsistency of product presented to industry processors has impacted on throughput efficiency and product outturn with all hullers and shellers working to maintain the reputation of our product from a food safety perspective. A significant plus for the industry in entering the new year is that the 2011 crop has been fully sold by our marketers. With a record crop hanging on the trees, the empty storerooms going into the new season will enable the industry to hopefully restore its position as a supplier of the highest quality product and receive a much needed improvement in price.
and strive to develop production practices that reduce quality deterioration and crop loss. This push has gained momentum in 2011 and despite a hoped for better season this coming year the challenge of continuing the industry’s development of improved technologies will still be the priority in 2012. May your nuts be large and plentiful. All the best to everyone for the year ahead.
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