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COVID-19: what’s new

  • As restrictions ease in Victoria, all businesses (now including those with less than five staff) now need a COVIDsafe plan. Read more. (And don’t forget to check out the business support funding, click here.)
  • From Monday, Victorians heading into Western Australia will have changed requirements, including the option to self-quarantine. Read more.
  • Queensland has eased restrictions for those in the NSW border zone (and increased the zone). Read more here. (And more about the NSW/Victoria border here.)
  • The Queensland Government has launched a pilot project in the Wide Bay to encourage workers into ag, including payments of up to $1,500 to help with accommodation and transport costs. Read more.
  • NSW small businesses on the southern border impacted by the border closures have until 18 October to apply for a business support grant. More here.
  • The Queensland ag class exemption has been extended for a month from 21 September. Remember, if you are using this class, you cannot apply online, you need to bring all the necessary paperwork (click here) to the Queensland border and you will be given a handwritten permit.
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Hort’s 26,000 worker shortfall

Australia's fruit and vegetable farmers need an extra 26,000 workers to harvest their crops this summer, according to new research illustrating the impact of coronavirus border closures on farm labour. The report, from consultancy firm Ernst & Young (EY) for Hort Innovation, is the first to quantify the worker shortfall in the farm sector, which is typically reliant on overseas workers, since Australia closed its borders in March.

How does light and temperature influence yield?

How does light and temperature influence yield?

Did you know that the interaction of light and temperature around flowering could influence your fruit set and yield? What if you could use weather data to help make a yield prediction? QAAFI’s Anthony Van Herwaarden wants the opportunity to test this theory in the avocado industry and is seeking growers who are interested to put their hand up. Click here to register your interest.

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Avocados feature at special virtual event

Australian Avocados will be part of a special Isolation Degustation – Australia’s biggest ever virtual degustation – being hosted by Urban List. Curated by Danielle Dixon of MasterChef fame on Saturday 17 October, this four-course extravaganza will be delivered to attendees in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Keep an eye out for panicle blight

Keep an eye out for panicle blight

Severe panicle blight, or inflorescence dieback, occurred in blocks in the Bundaberg/Childers growing region during the 2019 flowering. This dieback of inflorescences has been observed in previous years, but was apparently much more severe in 2019. Avocado researchers are trialling control measures, and are keen to hear from growers from all regions who see this in their orchards this flowering season.

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New monthly export reports

A new resource for Australian avocado exporters has been added to the BPR – a monthly report detailing tonnages and value. These reports will provide updates by market, source state, and export method. They will also flag any emerging issues. You will be able to find these reports in the BPR Library, under Export.

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.

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WA growers announce the Delcado. 2/10/2020.

A West Australian avocado grower has spent eight years developing a new supply chain system it says assures the fruit is delivered to retailers free from bruises. Check out the Delcado campaign here, and read more from insideFMCG or Guardian Australia.

Levy law changes on the way. 2/10/2020.

The Australian Government plans to modernise agriculture levy laws, read more. The government this week also announced a new Research & Development Corporation to manage cross-sector research, read more.

Daylight savings starts this Sunday

Daylight savings starts at 2am on Sunday (4 October), and those in New South Wales, the ACT, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria will move their clocks forward an hour.

Consumer COVID-19 concerns easing

Outside of Victoria and New South Wales, consumer concerns over COVID-19 are reducing, which is leading to a reduction in demand for canned and frozen fruit and vegetables. It seems the importance of storing groceries for a long time is starting to fade a little. Find the report here.

Safe Work Month

Keen to brush up on your workplace health and safety knowledge during Safe Work Month? Find the national campaign here. Queensland has a series of webinars all month on topics ranging from COVID-19 to workplace wellness, click here. WorkSafe Victoria is offering online seminars covering safe, healthy and connected workplaces, click here, and NSW has a focus on mental health, click here. In Tasmania, the WorkSafe Month events include webinars and training, click here, in WA the department has prepared resources here, and in South Australia you can read more here.

Incentives to work on farm. 30/9/2020.

Younger Australians will be offered new incentives to fill a growing jobs gap in the regions as part of a budget package that aims to boost farm production to $100 billion within a decade. Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Avocado carriers named Kenworth Legends. 23/9/2020.

Blenners Transport owners Les and Judy Blennerhassett have been inducted as Kenworth Legends. The business is the largest avocado, banana and mango carrier in Far North Queensland. Read more in Big Rigs.

Harris Farms returning to Queensland. 21/9/2020.

Two stores in Brisbane are expected to source produce from more than 300 Queensland growers. Read more in Produce Plus.

New fertiliser project for Western Australia. 21/9/2020.

Broome will soon be home to an innovative black soldier fly farming facility to convert organic waste into high-value products with the support of the WA Government. Under the proposal, organic waste would be collected, processed and fed to fly larvae, upcycling it into protein for feed and fertiliser products. Read more.

Scholarship applications closing

Are you a woman in horticulture? Interested in professional development? Applications for full and partial scholarships from Women and Leadership Australia and Hort Innovation close on 9 October. Read more.

Click here for a round up of international avocado news

Mexico forecasts export increase. 29/9/2020.

Mexican avocado production is forecast to rise 3% year-on-year in the 2020/21 season. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Korea grants access to Chilean avocados. 24/9/2020.

The publication of phytosanitary requirements paves way for Chilean-grown avocados to be exported to Korea. Read more in Asiafruit.

Avozilla now grown in Spain. 24/9/2020.

The Avozilla variety has reached Spanish growing regions. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Peru to export 23% more this season. 18/9/2020.

The Association of Producers of Hass Avocado of Peru (ProHass), forecasts a 23% in Hass exports during this campaign, with an estimated 360,000 tons already exported between February and September. Read more in FreshPlaza.

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New trade process from Hort Innovation

Hort Innovation’s International Trade team has undergone a review of the Trade Assessment Panel and is launching a revised process, the Independent Market Access Assessment Panel (IMAAP). The process will now include more support for industry and a more robust system of communication between industry, Hort Innovation and the Panel. Read more.

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Check our calendar for more!

Hort Innovation calls Extraordinary General Meeting

An Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) of Hort Innovation members has been called and will be held virtually on Friday 9 October 2020 at 1pm AEDST. This meeting is taking place ahead of, and is separate to, the company’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November. Hort Innovation member Perfection Fresh requested the EGM, for voting members to consider changes to the constitution, including that all new Directors be elected to the Board by voting members of the company, and new Directors would have a maximum service period. Read more.


Hort Innovation: Annual General Meeting

Hort Innovation’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday 27 November. The period to secure your voting rights has now closed. Read more.



9 October – Hort Innovation EGM

17 Nov – Asiafruit Congress, online

18-20 Nov – Asia Fruit Logistica, online

27 Nov – Hort Innovation AGM



7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

21-23 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

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

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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.