Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Fruit storage, Fruit picking

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Pine plantations in this State have now reached the stage when timber (mainly from thinnings) is becoming available for commercial usage, and this opens the way for the fruit industry to obtain suitable material for picking-boxes. For many years the kerosene case filled the need, but with the advent of bulk-handling of fuel this source of supply vanished. Unfortunately, in the intervening years the practice of using export boxes as picking containers, particularly in the apple districts, has become widespread. This has brought many difficulties in its wake and now that alternative boxes can be obtained it is felt that every endeavour should be made to eliminate this undesirable practice.