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Avocado Industry Biosecurity Plan 3.0, 2020

New industry biosecurity plan

Avocados Australia was part of the effort to provide our industry with an up-to-date biosecurity plan, which has just been released by Plant Health Australia. CEO John Tyas says the plan is a framework to coordinate biosecurity activities and investment, identifying and prioritising possible threats. “Given the current news about fall armyworm and its potential impact on broadacre cropping and vegetable production, it’s clear biosecurity is something every industry needs to take seriously.”

 
It was a full house in Bellthorpe for the Sunshine Coast Regional Forum

Bumper crowd on the Sunshine Coast

It was a packed hall at Bellthorpe last week, for the Sunshine Coast Avocado Regional Forum. Upcoming events including Manjimup WA on 12 March, Central New South Wales on 1 April and the Tristate on 6 May. Check our events calendar for future dates, and for a look at the Sunshine Coast event, visit our Facebook album.

 
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Australian Avocados

The Shepards are back!

Australian Avocados has started its promotion for the Shepard season, letting consumers know the greenskins are back on retail shelves. This has so far included items on Facebook and Instagram, with other public relations activities planned as well. While some are strongly #teamHass, quite a number of commenters have hailed the return of their favourite avocado. “You have no freakin clue how excited I am…My absolute fav avo!” says one avo lover. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
How to pick the perfect avocado

How to select the perfect avo

Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas chatted with the crew at RACV this week, as part of their “how to” series for living well. Given the season, John was keen to talk Shepard and Hass, with both in the market via orchards in North Queensland and Western Australia.

 
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New reports from World Congress

The team who attended the World Avocado Congress on behalf of the Australian industry have prepared a number of reports, and these are now available in the BPR Library. In the Event Proceedings section, you will now find a report on the conference pre-tour to California, and two reports on the Colombian field tours to Rio Negro and Sonson. This includes details of visits to avocado orchards and research sites.

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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Pest and disease priority survey extended

Hort Innovation is keeping its survey into insect pests and diseases of major concern open until 13 March, as part of the Strategic Agrichemical Review Process. Find the avocado survey here.


Will coronavirus increase opportunities? 3/3/20.

ABARES says Chinese consumers are currently avoiding traditional markets, instead turning to retailers and e-commerce for fruit and vegetable purchases. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.


CQ: Bundaberg growers protest Paradise. 3/3/20.

More than 100 growers this week protested the possible lowering of the Paradise Dam wall in Central Queensland. According to a BFVG study, lowering the wall will cost the Bundaberg economy $2.4 billion, with the avocado industry among those potentially affected. Read more from BFVG.


No more offshore inspections for NZ fruit. 28/3/20.

From 1 May 2020, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will no longer provide offshore pre-shipment inspections for horticultural fresh produce from New Zealand. Read more here.


ACCC investigating agricultural machinery. 28/2/20.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a discussion paper about issues potentially harmful to competition and to purchases of ag machinery, including limited access to independent repairs, manufacturer/dealer agreements that limit access to repairs and data ownership. Feedback/input is open until 5 April, via the ACCC.


National Agricultural Workforce Strategy. 27/2/20.

The National Agricultural Labour Advisory Committee has released its first discussion paper, as it prepares a national workforce strategy. Consultation, including on the availability of workers, skills and knowledge needs, and priority areas for action, closes on 1 June. Have your say here.


Horticulture improving environmental credentials. 25/2/20.

A new $2.9 million grant to Hort Innovation, from the Australian Government’s Smart Farming Partnerships program, will allow the organisation to deliver a digital remote monitoring project to improve horticulture’s environmental performance. Read more from the government.

 
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Chilean company expanding in Colombia. 27/2/20.

Chilean company Green Superfood is expanding operations in Colombia, reporting decreasing investment generally in Chile because of water shortages, workforce costs and social unrest. Read more in FreshPlaza. As a side note, wageindicator.org puts Chile’s minimum wage at 301,000 pesos a month in 2019. That’s about AU$563.


Increasing consumption in Europe. 27/2/20.

In the 2018-2019 season, avocado consumption in Europe increased by 19% over the previous season and by as much as 111% over 2013-2014. Read more in this FreshPlaza article about the Tropical Fruit Congress.


More violence mars Mexican industry. 23/2/20.

Now the price of heroin has crashed due to creation of synthetic opioid alternatives, cannabis is legal in much of North America, violence has surged in Mexico as its gangs diversify into new areas. Read more in the Daily Mail UK and Business Insider.

 
 
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Japan cancels FoodEx

The avocado industry’s Trevor Bendotti (Bendotti Avocado), Andrew McKillop (The Avolution) and Jennie Franceschi (Karri Country Produce) are among thousands of exhibitors no longer making their way to Japan next week for FoodEx. The Japanese Government has ordered the cancellation of all major events, as part of its coronavirus response. At this stage, preparations are continuing for Asiafruit Logistica, in Singapore in September.


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Government passes Export Control Bills Package. 27/2/20.

The Export Control Bills Package 2019 was passed by Parliament without amendment on 27 February 2020. You can read the passed Bills here. The Department is now working on new Export Control Rules 2020, outlining operational requirements for Australian exporters.


Peru world’s second largest Hass exporter. 25/6/20.

In 2019 Peruvian avocado exports totalled $746 million at an average price of 2.40 dollars/kilo, positioning Peru as the world's second-biggest exporter of Hass avocado, only surpassed by Mexico. Peru expects prices to stabilise this year, though. Read more in FreshPlaza.

 
 
 

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RSVPs due! Tissue culture research update

An avocado industry stakeholder information day covering progress with avocado rootstock tissue culture will be held at the Isis Club, Childers on 25 March. Researchers will also cover plant/tree performance results from commercially managed field trials, perceptions of tissue culture from industry and economic and market feasibility of these rootstocks entering the market. There will also be a tour of the first established field trial, hosted by Donovan Family Investments. Click here for full details (including how to RSVP).

 

2020

10-11 Mar – AvoSkills workshop, Pemberton WA (booked out!)

25 Mar – Avocado tissue culture: industry stakeholder day, Childers Q

12 Mar – Avocado Regional Forum, Pemberton WA

10-13 Mar – CANCELLED Foodex Japan 2020

1 Apr – Avocado Regional Forum, CNSW

6 May – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate

12 May – Avocado Marketing SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q

13 May – Avocado R&D SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q

15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

21-24 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

24 Jul – FNQ Growers R&D Field Day, Mareeba Q

15 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, SINGAPORE

16-18 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, SINGAPORE

 
 
 
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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.