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Avocados Australia Guacamole 1 April 2021
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COVID-19: what’s new

  • The Queensland Government has lifted its Greater Brisbane lockdown today (update here for ongoing restrictions), but other states may still have restrictions on travelling into Queensland. Please check before travel.
  • The latest outbreak is a timely reminder to check if your workplace health and safety plans or specific COVIDsafe plans need an update. You can find links to these resources in the BPR WHS module here (you will need to be logged in).
 
A South Queensland orchard, after rain

Wet weather and avocado trees

Growers in areas impacted by the recent wet weather and flooding are being warned to be alert to the impacts of anthracnose and Phytophthora root rot. After several days of cool, cloudy weather the ability of avocado trees to resist Phytophthora is even lower because they haven’t been able to photosynthesize adequately to build up reserves of carbohydrate to fight against the disease and grow new feeder roots.

 
Avocados on a tree

NSW flood damage reports

NSW DPI asks any primary producer affected by the floods to fill out the natural disaster damage survey, click here. DPI uses these surveys to determine the scale and severity of the impact and what assistance and resources are required, and where. Surveys can be submitted any time and can be accessed on a phone or computer via this link. It is important to not use this form for any requests for assistance.

 
Event postponed!

CNSW forum postponed

Due to the impacts of the recent flooding combined with travel uncertainty due to the latest COVID-19 news out of Brisbane, the extension team are postponing the Central New South Wales regional forum. Originally scheduled for 21 April, the event will now be held later in the year. We’ll keep you posted.

 
Event postponed

CQ drought irrigation postponed

A special forum for Central Queensland growers, originally planned for 15 April, is also being postponed. Paradise Dam has received some (smaller) inflows in the last week, so it’s hoped the delay will not be detrimental for growers. There are also concerns that key interstate experts will not be able to travel into Queensland, because of COVID-19 restrictions. It is likely this event will now be held in mid to late May, but we’ll keep you posted. For more information, email idm@avocado.org.au.

 
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Safety first – Elevating Work Platforms

Working with Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) when picking avocados can pose significant health and safety risks to the operator and those around them. Did you know that best practice for an EWP operator involves the use of a ‘travel restraint system’? This is a short lanyard attached to the bucket and to a waist belt worn by the operator. This prevents the operator from getting their feet onto the mid-rail of the bucket and ensures the operator stands on the floor of the bucket only.

 
Australian Avocados logo

Boosting domestic consumption

The team at Australian Avocados have developed a new campaign to encourage greater domestic consumption levels, and they’ve come up with a great new concept that talks to Aussie pride and the inherent emotional connection people have with avocados. You can learn more about Our Green Gold in the BPR Library, under Marketing Reports. And you can read more about current activities in the marketing blog here. The industry’s marketing activity is helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian avocados. This marketing activity is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
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COVID-19 resources for the avocado industry
 
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Delivering high quality avocados a top priority

Delivering high quality avocados remains a top priority throughout the avocado supply chain. Currently there is fruit in the market that is 5+ weeks old and we understand that as fruit age increases, so does the risk of rots and internal disorders in ripened fruit. Growers, please make sure you are grading accurately, following best practice and communicating well with your supply chain partners. Wholesalers and marketers, please make sure you are feeding back information on quality and market conditions to your growers regularly. With impending increases in production, we need to ensure we are offering the best eating experience for consumers to drive demand. You can find more information on how to manage and prevent stem-end rot and spotting bug damage in the BPR.


The BPR is our free online one-stop-shop to support best practice throughout the Australian avocado supply chains. We encourage all of our stakeholders to register and access this vital resource.

You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/bpr/.

 
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Queensland ChemClear collection dates set

Dispose of your unwanted or obsolete agvet chemicals in one easy collection. The next Queensland ChemClear will be held in July/August but collections need to be registered by 13 June. Click here for registration, or call Colin Hoey on 0428 964 576 for more information.


Latest Ag Chemical Update available

Keep up-to-date on any developments in the regulatory oversight of crop protection chemicals via the Ag Chemical Updates, produced as part of the Hort-Innovation-funded project Regulatory support and coordination (pesticides) (MT17019). You can download the latest update (March 2021) from the Hort Innovation website here.


CQ season underway. 31/3/2021

For Donovan Group director Annaleise Donovan, there is something rewarding about creating a legacy for her family through their avocado farm and packing plant. Read more in Bundaberg Today.


Freshcare members offered free wellbeing service. 30/3/2021

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Benestar is a confidential counselling, coaching and wellbeing service free for all Freshcare certified businesses, their staff and immediate family members. The service offers help to manage work and life experiences, issues or concerns that arise from time to time. Read more.


NSW storms and floods: Australian Government help. 30/3/2021

The Australian Government has extended the Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment (AGDRP) and Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) to support those significantly affected by the storms and flooding in more areas of New South Wales. Read more. Farmhub has also collated a list of resources, available here.


Payment redirection scams cost $14 million. 30/3/2021

Australian businesses reported over $14 million in losses to Scamwatch due to payment redirection scams last year, and average losses so far in 2021 are more than five times higher compared to average losses in the same period last year. Read more.


Queensland Fruit Fly found in Victoria & WA. 29/3/2021

Queensland Fruit Fly has once again been detected in various Yarra Ranges communities in Victoria, between January and March. Read more. And in WA, sterile flies have been released in Kardinya as authorities continue to fight an outbreak of the pest species that originated in neighbouring Coolbellup. Read more in PerthNow.


AgSafe can help remove agvet chemicals after flooding. 25/3/2021

With the recent floods across New South Wales and Queensland, many farmers who store agvet chemicals will have been impacted. During flooding chemical containers can be damaged and become unidentifiable. Agsafe provides a service to safely collect and dispose of these chemicals through the ChemClear program. Read more.

 
 

New Zealand avocado sustainability study underway. 30/3/2021

NZ Avocado is undertaking a life cycle assessment (LCA) study to determine the carbon footprint of avocados grown in New Zealand. The LCA project will measure inputs and outputs across orchards, post-harvest and onward distribution to market. New Zealand is anticipating a near-record crop volume for the 2021 season. Read more in FreshPlaza.


South African crop “exceptionally good”. 29/3/2021

At least one South African packhouse, in the Kiepersol region, is expecting a Hass crop double the size of 2020. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Organic avocado demand growing in Japan and China. 29/3/2021

A Mexican organic avocado growers says while current exports are destined for the EU and Spain, there are growing markets in Japan, China and Canada. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Colombia’s new access to South Korea. 23/3/2021

The Colombian Ministry of Agriculture announced that South Korea had opened its market for Colombia's Hass avocados. South Korea is a strategic country in the region, as imports to the Asian continent grew by 252% between 2016 and 2020. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Peruvian avocado exports rose last year. 19/3/2021

Peruvian avocado exports grew 30 per cent last year in spite of the challenges of COVID-19, according to government figures. Read more in Americafruit.

 
 
Avocado export round-up
 

Special IFAM avocado briefing in April

Avocados Australia has arranged a special briefing from the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) team for Australian avocado industry members. This briefing is at 12.30pm (AEST) on Monday, 12 April. If you would like to attend, please contact Avocados Australia Export Coordinator Joy Tang via export@avocado.org.au for details of how to attend online or via phone. If you have specific questions, these can emailed to the IFAM team in advance.


IFAM extended to September 2021

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) has been extended, to keep global air links open during the ongoing pandemic. Visit the IFAM webpage for IFAM updates and flights schedules.


Industry export roundtable

Hort Innovation, Austrade and the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) are holding a roundtable discussion on horticulture’s current challenges and future aspirations for export. The Zoom meeting is open to all horticulture industry exporters. It will be held on 8 April at 2pm AEDT and run for two hours. RSVP to communications@horticulture.com.au by Monday 5 April.


Making it easier for ag exporters to do business. 26/3/2021

A new legal framework for Australia’s agricultural exports commenced today, streamlining the way farmers, other primary producers and exporters do business with our trading partners. Read more.


Want regular export news?

Sign up for Export Coordinator Joy Tang’s regular email updates on avocado export related news and grants. Email your contact details to export@avocado.org.au to be subscribed. (Note, you must be a participant in the Australian avocado industry to subscribe.)

 
 
Hort Connections preliminary program out now
 
South Queensland regional avocado forum

SQ Regional Forum’s exciting return

The avocado industry was excited to see the return of the Avocado Regional Forum with 111 people attending last Wednesday in Crows Nest, Queensland . Avocados Australia Industry Development Manager Liz Singh presented the main topic of avocado nutrition and spoke about the importance of meeting tree nutrient requirements throughout the season by understanding what happens to your fertiliser in the soil. A big thank you to everyone that supported the day including participants, speakers and our exhibitors, Tanuki and MEA. Get an update of the day’s events in the BPR Library and access Liz Singh’s avocado nutrition factsheet in the BPR Library (under Event Proceedings).

 
Avocados Australia Board Director Daryl Boardman with CEO John Tyas

Are you an Avocados Australia member?

Avocado Australia members attended a special breakfast in Crows Nest, South Queensland last Wednesday before the Regional Forum. AAL members enjoyed breakfast while hearing the inside scoop from AAL Market Development Manager Hayleigh Dawson about increasing domestic consumption and the plans to support avocado sales over the next 12 months. Regional Director Daryl Boardman said he wanted all avocado growers and industry supporters to become members and support the work conducted by the Avocados Australia. Are you a member?

 

Special avocado event at Hort Connections

Avocados Australia will host a special avocado shoulder event at Hort Connections, on Monday, 7 June. More details will be released soon, for this supply chain-focused event.

 

Northern Australia Food Futures Conference

Avocados Australia members will receive a 10% discount if they want to attend the 2021 Food Futures Conference. The event will be held 17-20 May in Darwin. You can find the full program on the conference website.

 

Save the dates: Tristate

The AV17005 project team has set the date for the Tristate regional forum: 5 May. More details will be released soon.

 

2021

5 May – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate

7 Jun – Avocado shoulder event, Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

3-4 Aug – AvoSkills workshop, QDAF, Bundaberg Q

4-5 Aug – Fruit Growers Victoria Conference, Shepparton & Ardmona V

18 Aug – Fresh Produce Safety Conference, Sydney

27 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong

28-30 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong


 

2022

13-16 Feb – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

15-16 Feb – evoke AG, Perth, WA

 
 
 
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Guacamole has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.