Anger over ginger import plan

Australian Ginger Industry Association chairman Anthony Rehbein talks with Opposition agriculture and food security spokesman John Cobb.
Australian Ginger Industry Association chairman Anthony Rehbein talks with Opposition agriculture and food security spokesman John Cobb. Scottie Simmonds

GINGER grower Anthony Rehbein is worried about the future of his industry after the Federal Government moved towards allowing imports from Fiji.

Mr Rehbein, who is chairman of the Australian Ginger Industry Association, said the problem was burrowing nematodes that were present in Fijian ginger.

"We're extremely worried about the future of our industry," he said.

Mr Rehbein said the industry was worried the pest management controls proposed by Biosecurity Australia did not go far enough.

He said the growers wanted methyl bromide fumigation to be compulsory for all imported ginger.

The Bundaberg area provides 30% of all of Australia's ginger, and Mr Rehbein said the controls recommended by Biosecurity Australia put the whole industry at risk.

"We're dealing with a second-world country that is not looking at pests and disease," he said.

Mr Rehbein met Opposition agriculture and food security spokesman John Cobb at his farm yesterday to discuss his concerns.

Mr Cobb said the industry had good reason to be very concerned about the issue.

Topics:  federal government, fiji, import

10 charged after drug raids across Bundaberg

10 people charged after a series of raids across Bundaberg

Police raid homes, 30 charges laid

Man sentenced over vile act

Bundaberg court housePhoto: Zach Hogg / NewsMail

Man jailed for spitting on police officer

Daughter finds her dad after 25 years

FAMILY UNITED: Jason Heilbronn holds a paternity test that has proven he is the father of Jess Hahn, who he did not know existed for 25 years.

Dad and daughter find each other on Facebook

Latest deals and offers

Marvel-ous: Thor actors visit sick kids at Lady Cilento

Stars of Thor: Ragnarok dropped in on patients at the hospital

Folk singer looking forward to her Gympie Muster debut

Alternative country folk singer Fanny Lumsden will perform at the Gympie Muster.

FANNY Lumsden to serenade new fans with her country hall-style show.

Patti Smith confirmed for Bluesfest 2017

CONFIRMED: US singer Patti Smith performing in Switzerland last year.

Find out who else in the first line up announcement

Angie and Yvie ready to toast The Bachelor on Gogglebox

Angie and Yvie in a scene from the TV series Gogglebox.

ALL the regulars return in TV show about people watching TV.

Morgan Freeman asks: are we alone? Why do humans exist?

Morgan Freeman in Through the Wormhole. Photo: Discovery Science

Question all you thought you knew, on Foxtel.

Five new things to see and do at this year's Muster

There's already plenty of fun to be had at the XXXX bar.

Here are five new things to see and do at this year's Gympie Muster

Cheap Fraser Coast island drops its price

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

$100m plan for Curtis Island 'world class' luxury resort

$100 million resort: Top views at Turtle Street at Curtis Island.

"At the moment we think it meets all the town planning approvals.”

Coast building approvals at seven-year high: report

The the 2015/16 Development Indicators Annual Highlights Report documents local development activity that took place during the last financial year.

New report shows increasing development on the Sunshine Coast

Top honours for Mackay and Whitsunday builders

The Kerrisdale Gardens property from Paynter Dixon Queensland which won them Project of the Year.

Mackay and Whitsunday builders awarded top honours last night.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.