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[WA] Fresh Ginger $19.99/kg (Was $39.99/kg) @ Farmer Jack's Supermarkets

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Fresh Ginger $19.99 (Was $39.99) Per KG @ Farmer Jack's Supermarkets
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    Location in Title!

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    Not too bad. But does anyone know why is ginger so blooldy experience in Australia?

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      I blame Ed Sheeran with his chart topping tunes!

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      There are fairly strict import controls and the Australian climate isn't really conductive to growing it.

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        Ah, more misinformation from the cold heart of Australia - Canberra…😉

        Its a tropical plant, well suited to warm wet areas of Northern Australia. (Not Canberra.)

        The ginger growing center of Australia is Yandina. The Ginger Factory moved down from Buderim - famous for its ginger products.

        It's very labour intensive, so more expensive to produce. So imports fill a lot of cooking needs.
        Why ginger is expensive in Australia

        Australian production focuses on quality, but not enough quantity of ginger.

        Grows well in Brisbane gardens. Along with sugar cane, mangos, and bananas - ginger was a memory of growing up there.

        So if you want to grow it in cooler gardens - create a warmer microclimate & it will produce. Beautiful for it's flowers & follage.

        Growing Ginger
        Gardening Australia - Ginger

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          There's a difference between growing it in your backyard, and growing it in commercial quantities. The only place it's really grown in commercial quantities is North East Queensland, and even then it's not ideal - there's a reason why Australia does not even hit 1% of global supply. It's hilarious to think that the Australian climate could compete with the home turf of ginger (Asia).

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            @Tyrx: Production of ginger at home gives a good indication of the conditions required for commercial production.

            I'd recommend people grow it themselves - fresh is best & tastiest! Saves a fair bit on supermarket prices! Grows like an attractive weed in some areas.
            Heliconias require similar conditions - beautiful flowering plants. So grow both if it's suitable in your climate. I love growing both.


            The only place it's really grown in commercial quantities is North East Queensland

            No. The industry is centred on the Sunshine Coast with a factory in Yandina. That's not NE Qld, but SE Qld.

            Ginger production in Australia is predominately located throughout Queensland in the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay–Burnett regions. The Sunshine Coast region produces approximately 6075 tonnes of ginger annually. The Wide Bay–Burnett is the second largest growing region, with production estimated at 1837 tonnes per year.
            Qld Ginger Industry Report - PDF

            Its grown primarily for the limited domestic consumption of raw ginger.
            20% of local production is turned into processed ginger products ($40M are exported & $60M are consumed locally).
            Perspective of Australian ginger farmer

            So the percentage of world production is pretty irrelevant. It's the amount produced for domestic consumption that is relevant.

            Australia is a small user of ginger compared to global consumption. That's a major historical reason for the small ginger production here - a lack of a larger & reliable marketplace. We can't compete on price in the export market!


            Australian climate isn't really conductive to growing it.

            Its not primarily the climate that limits production here as you claim.

            There are plenty of Northern areas which can grow ginger. It's just not as commercially viable - against imports, climate & market uncertainty, & other more commercial crops.

            It's hilarious to think that the Australian climate could compete with the home turf of ginger (Asia).

            Rather it's the high labour costs here & long lead times to production of a crop - which mean it is not a popular commercial crop to grow.
            So India & lower wage countries dominate production.

            As for recent price rises & problems with local production…
            The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a global ginger shortage and record prices as demand outstrips supply after hot and dry conditions last year resulted in small yields from Australian paddocks.

            As you note, biosecurity import restrictions keep imported ginger prices high.

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              @the INFIDEL: funny how reasons for import restrictions grow so well in oz, as do the taxes that accompany them….

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                @petry: Really! Not funny! Get informed.

                Roots & seeds that can reproduce or spread diseases to local plants & commercial crops are highly restricted under biosecurity. Nothing new there!

                Expect to be caught & penalised for bringing in plant material to Australia.

                Raw ginger is a rhyzome - an underground stem of a plant that can grow into a viable plant. (That's how I grow ginger.) It can carry diseases that could wipe out local production, costing livelihoods for farmers & the industry.

                So there are valid reasons for control & surveillance on imports of raw ginger. Importers should pay for that, not the taxpayers.

                Same as in Australia, movement of crops like bananas in growing areas are controlled. I was trained to identify diseases in banana plants. It wiped out the industry about 100 years ago & has now reappeared in North Queensland. Farms have been quarantined & their crops destroyed. It can be devastating. So there are controls on imported bananas.

                Prawns that were imported without being checked / testing falsified, led to the close down of prawn farms here for years. That's an enormous price to pay for cheap imported prawns (as bait)!!

                Our bee producers are threatened by a mite that could destroy their industry. Ok - no local honey, who cares? But that means the major pollinators necessary for lots of food producing plants will be lost. The price of basic food will dramatically increase…

                My Uni seminar was on the importation & rapid spread of bufo marinus (the cane toad). 101 were brought in by cane farmers in a misguided belief it would kill the cane beetle. A basic understanding of the behaviour of beetle & toad - would tell anyone it wouldn't work.

                Like many other introductions, it still costs the country & our native wildlife greatly. There was no benefit. Just cost!

                When weighing up those "taxes" you complain about, consider the risks & costs to Australia of no controls!

                But then, with a world shortage of ginger & record high prices, fees for processing & checking imported raw ginger may not be what is driving up the price.

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                  @the INFIDEL: Mate most farms are foreign owned.

                  thankfully through illegal taxation and changing visa's we did away with cheap imported labour to pick and work at illegal cheap wage rates on those foreign owned farms so we could drive up domestic prices.

                  now we all enjoy higher prices… biosecurity…. darpa talk mate

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                    @petry: Just your usual misconceptions!

                    Myth: most farms are foreign owned

                    You back up your misinformation with a myth that you choose to believe.

                    In total agricultural land in Australia, less than 14% has (above 20%) foreign ownership! Stats from ATO.

                    On the small scale uses like I outlined above (more likely threaten by introduced threats), it has a very much higher Australian family ownership than the more foreign owned broad acre cropping & grazing.
                    A small family owned plot of ginger (with its fluctuating profits due to climatic threats) is of little interest to huge foreign companies.

                    More than 85pc of foreign held farmland is utilised for livestock enterprises

                    All this misinformation just because you don't think you should pay anything extra when you buy anything to eat, to help protect our food production.

                    Food security is a very important issue - we can't live without food. On an individual basis, it's a very small cost. How much ginger do you eat??

                    darpa talk mate
                    Really! You are unbelievable & not worth reading! Keep telling yourself the lies.
                    Hidden your comments

                    Do the basic research instead of believing the scaremongering rumours from society's fringes.
                    Very Petty!

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                        @petry: Yes, how did you get that so wrong?

                        Mate most farms are foreign owned. - total BS! Why would anyone believe this false propaganda?

                        I don't think OzBargain should be used to mislead like that.
                        What extremist site did that false information come from?

                        Strange how Foreign ownership of farms wasn't a big issue when it was predominately British & US buyers…

                        The British Vesteys (infamous for their tax avoidance, enormous wealth, & abuses) bought up huge areas of Australian beef producing farms (Government leases) & made the Aboriginals living on their own country work without wages for so many years! But that was OK because…?

                        Now Asians are investing here, its different! So this misinformation is spread by groups intent on stirring up racist thinking & false "patriotism".

                        And repeated / amplified by right wing commentators to make money for themselves & their employers…


                        The Foreign Investment Review Board publishes reviews of farm ownership. In its latest report "Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land – Report of registrations as at 30 June 2019" it shows total Foreign ownership of farms is under 14%.

                        Well under your false claim of "most"!
                        That figure includes any Foreign Investment of 20% or more - 20% isn't owning the farm.

                        But "believers" in false information don't believe in anything other than their group's made up ideas - they have their own agenda to protect.

                        Saw the same with cult followers long ago. Very sad.

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                          @the INFIDEL: 60% of your agricultural land is used for cattle grazing, which again is predominantly foreign owned.

                          you know this yet have deliberately put forward the fake idea that agricultural is just used for crops only.

                          its the sort of crap you peddle here all the time. why don't you add in forestry?

                          coalition crap used to milk tax monies to overseas investors…

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    Fresh Ginger $19.99

    That's how much I paid for it at our local fruit shop last weekend.
    Hardly a bargain…

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      $50 in Woolworths, I reckon $19.99 is a pretty good deal for most people.

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        Young ginger vs matured ginger
        Young one isn't as tasteful as the other one
        Also, it goes bad much earlier

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          yeah all woolys fruit and veg is well aged….

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            @petry: Yeah their fresh herbs tooo….

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      Same

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    Last weekend i paid $16.99 at our local vegetable shop

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      Where? Brisbane?

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          Thanks. Am out of ginger & that's a good price, close to me. Will give them a call & check.

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    those living in melbourne, Colonial Fresh in The Glen is selling fresh young ginger for 12.99/kg

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    Same price at SuperFresh in Eastwood (NSW)