Can Club Varieties Revive the Orchard Industry?

The latest strategy in the tree-fruit business to develop niche markets is in the form of patent-protected “club” varieties. It remains to be seen is if this model will work in the long run or will just shift competition from niche vs commodity apples, to several club varieties competing for shelf space.

Organic Sector Drifting Towards Globalization

Organic agriculture, with solid double digit growth in annual sales, is one of the production success stories of the past decade. Unless industry and government work more effectively towards building domestic value-chains for the organic sector in this country, the past two decades of growth will only have succeeded in developing another high risk, low reward farming option.