- ORCHARDING FOR THE FUTURE
The Australian Nurserymen's Fruit
Improvement Company (ANFIC) is a National company made up of twelve progressive
nursery members. The company was formed in 1983 and is now registered in all states
of Australia. It was incorporated in NSW in 1984.
objects for which
the company is established are: "To undertake, promote and further the improvement,
import and export of fruit varieties and rootstocks to the horticultural industry
on its own behalf or on behalf of any member or non-member."
is a non-profit company Limited by Guarantee and is prohibited by its Articles
of Association, from distributing any income or profits to or amongst the company
members. All members pay a subscription fee annually and this coupled with the
small administration fee on protected varieties enables the company to complete
its objectives. The companies' day to day operations are undertaken by the General
Manager who is responsible to an executive board of five members. The executive
is elected by postal vote at the A.G.M.
The company members travel extensively
both within Australia and overseas to obtain suitable varieties from legitimate
breeders and developers. At present licenses are held for varieties of Apples,
Pears, Peaches, Nectarines, Plums, Apricots, Grapefruit, Navel Oranges, Cherries,
Feijoas, Walnuts, Avocados, Persimmons, Kiwi Fruit, Pineapples, Custard Apples,
Bananas, Mangoes and a range of Stone, Pome and Tropical fruit rootstocks. A number
of deciduous fruit ornamentals licences are also held. As an importer/exporter
ANFIC holds licence agreements in ten major fruit producing countries.
ANFIC and all ANFIC members are members of the Nursery & Garden
Industry Association of Australia (NGIA) and ANFIC is a member of
Group of Nurserymen). This company is a consortium of Nurserymen
from Belgium, France, USA, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, New Zealand
and Australia. It is the companies aim to facilitate the greater
exchange of information on varieties around the world as well as
to varieties. The AIGN network enables new varieties to be managed
and marketed on a global basis.
members are located in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia,
Tasmania and Western Australia - giving a large variation
in climates, soil types and fruit
types. The company has 173.3hectares (440acres) planted to nursery and
employs 150 permanent staff and in excess of 169 casual
staff. ANFIC produces the following
range and volume:
Pome fruit trees 235,000
Stone fruit trees 305,000
Citrus trees 125,000
Avocado trees 51,000
Nut trees 20,000
Tree rootstocks 294,000
Other fruit 105,000
Ornamental units 154,000
This places ANFIC as the leading producer of Pome and Stone fruit
trees for the commercial grower in Australia as well as the leading producer of
Avocado trees. ANFIC is a major producer of Australia's Persimmon and Olive trees.
move into Bananas and Pineapples demonstrates the company's diversity, flexibility
and ability to recognise a need for change. New Banana varieties will have a different
taste, be smaller and keep longer. Similarly the move into Pineapples is aimed
at supplying the customer with a greater level of choice, providing red skinned
fruit. To facilitate the development of these crops, two further nurseries are
contracted to ANFIC as well as a Tissue Culture Laboratory.
Trees are produced
as both bare rooted plants as well as potted plants with sales going to both the
retail trade and the commercial grower.
New developments in the Australian
Organic Fruit Production industry has seen certification guidelines requiring
organic nursery production of fruit trees in addition to organic fruit production,
ANFIC Nurseries have begun accreditation to supply organic fruit trees to this