Citrus conference attracts crowd
FOUR buses carrying about 150 people from around Australia rolled out to Gayndah yesterday to visit an orchard and packing shed as part of the Citrus Australia National Conference.
Glen Grove Orchard owners Kevin Parr and his son Greg showed the delegates around their operation which includes varieties of oranges, mandarins and lemons.
Their orchards are spread over about 400 hectares of land around Gayndah, Mundubbera and Isis River.
Kevin Parr said low-seeded and seedless citrus fruits were the way of the future.
He said they grew low-seeded murcott which were popular, available in local supermarkets and sold well when they were in season at the end of July and August.
Mr Parr said seedless lemons were also popular.
He said one of the biggest challenges facing the citrus industry was convincing people to lead healthier lifestyles and eat fruit instead of takeaway food.
“Getting the public to appreciate good food again – that’s our main challenge,” he said.
Some 250 people are attending the conference, at Peppers Pier Resort in Urangan, which began on Sunday and ends today with a series of international speakers and the final day of a trade exhibition.