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COVID-19: what’s new

COVID-19: Borders & financial support

  • For those who have essential staff moving around any of the country’s current lockdown areas, it’s advisable to give everyone a letter to carry, in case they are stopped by enforcement officers. We have a template here.
  • SPC has become the first company to mandate vaccinations for all staff, read more from the ABC. Please note, it could be tested in the courts, the relevant union is already questioning the move, and there are also concerns it is unfair to require all workers to be vaccinated when they may not yet be eligible.
  • Queensland: if you are interested in learning more about the Pacific Labour Scheme/Seasonal Worker Program, QDAF and QAWN have arranged statewide events to help answer your questions. Click here information and to RSVP (from the events calendar). Dates: Grantham (24 August), Bundaberg (14 September, Mareeba (5 October), Innisfail (6 October).
  • Victoria: new support scheme for small to medium businesses, detail here.
  • South Australia: Sydney Airport is no longer a transit zone, which means 14 days quarantine (at home, for some) on arrival. Read more in the ABC. (Best to always check if your destination state accepts airports as transit zones.)
  • Given the rapidly changing situation, we won’t share border bubble details, but here’s the links: Queensland, South Australia, Victoria.
  • Check the current border restrictions: South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, the ACT, Tasmania, and New South Wales.
 
Australian Avocados

Vote and win (twice)!

You can help extend the reach of the Australian Avocados’ Our Green Gold television ad just by visiting https://7plus.com.au/fav2020 and voting! The new ad has been shortlisted for Channel 7’s Favourite ad of the Olympics. Voters go into the draw for a $25,000 holiday, and if voted most popular, Australian Avocados will receive a $1 million advertising package, significantly increasing the reach of the campaign. The time for action is now: we must av-a-go at winning the title, the supreme, THE PRESTIGE of the best ad of the Olympics. Did we mention you can vote once a day through to 9 August? *hint*

You can read more about the industry’s marketing activities here. The industry’s marketing activity is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
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Infocado team heading to North Queensland

The Infocado team still plans to be in North Queensland from 23-27 Aug to help users learn their way around the new and improved Infocado system (COVID-19 permitting). We are excited to get NQ packhouses set up in the new system and show you how simple and quick it is to enter your Infocado data. The Infocado system and your contribution is critical to the future sustainability of the industry. To find out more get in touch with our team infocado@avocado.org.au.

 
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AvoSkills CQ postponed

Due to the current COVID-19 lockdown covering 11 local government areas in south-east Queensland, this week’s AvoSkills in Central Queensland had to be postponed. (Organisers and speakers are within the lockdown area.) A new date will be announced as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding. In some good news, dates for these events in Central NSW (23-24 November 2021) and Tristate (11-12 May, 2022) have been confirmed (COVID permitting).

 

Secure your Hort Innovation voting rights

Each year, Hort Innovation’s levy-paying members need to secure voting rights to have a say on the leadership of the company, and the rules that govern it. Securing voting entitlements for the 2021 AGM in November – and any other general meeting of members held between 1 October 2021 and 30 September 2022 – is done through Hort Innovation’s Annual Levy Return process. Current members will begin receiving information about Annual Levy Returns via mail and email from this week. If your business is not already a member, click here to apply no later than 31 August. If you are uncertain of your company’s membership status, you can check by emailing membership@horticulture.com.au with your company’s name and ABN. Click here for more.

 
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Storage, dry matter and quality

Reducing uneven ripening can help increase retail sales (and reduce the time required by retail staff to top up displays), and there are steps growers can take to help this. Click here to read more about the work being done as part of AV18000 to explore the relationship between fruit maturity and the uniformity of ripening. Noel Ainsworth, from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, has also prepared a second article on the impact of extended storage on rots, click here.


And if you want the latest on quality on retail shelves, the July 2021 reports from AV19003 will be available in the Retail quality module of the BPR next week. Given the current abundant supply, quality is of key importance in 2021. Be sure to check the various information in the BPR (from growing, through the packhouse, to transport, wholesale and ripening) that will help maintain the standards our consumers expect.


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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Preferred Fruit & Perfection Fresh nominated in 2021 Fresh Awards

Avocados Australia members Preferred Fruit and Perfection Fresh have been nominated for the Wholesaler of the Year category at the 2021 Sydney Markets Fresh Awards. The winners will be announced on 8 September. Read more.


Farmers urged to complete the Agricultural Census

Farmers across Australia are being urged to complete the Agricultural Census, when they receive it. Data collected in the survey provides insights on the role of agriculture in Australia and will be used to inform policies on Australia’s agriculture industry and decisions on infrastructure, service delivery and investment. More here.

Sustainability framework released
Hort Innovation has released the Australian-grown Horticulture Sustainability Framework, a guide to help the horticulture sector share its sustainable, ethical, and safe farming practice stories with stakeholders. The initiative aims to help the industry share their sustainability credentials. Read more.


Samson’s acquires ProFruit. 5/8/2021

Samson’s Fruit & Vegetable Supply has acquired fellow Sydney-based fresh produce company ProFruit. Read more in Produce Plus.


Queensland Government defends Burnett water. 5/8/2021

The state government came under fire for their lack of commitment to improving water security in the Wide Bay-Burnett region during parliamentary estimates hearings last week. Read more in Queensland Country Life.


CQ: avocado festival cancelled. 4/8/2021

The Blackbutt Avocado Festival has been cancelled for 2021, due to South East Queensland’s current COVID-19 lockdown. Read more in the South Burnett.


Production growth to power Australian produce. 2/8/2021

Increasing production is set to be one of the leading themes in the second half of 2021 for Australian horticulture, according to a new report from Rural Bank. Read more in Produce Plus.


Celebrating National Avocado Day. 31/7/2021

The face of Our Green Gold, comedian Nazeem Hussain, decided to add “celebrity chef” to his repertoire for National Avocado Day, showing his followers how to make an avocado egg salad. Click here to watch on Instagram. Also onboard for the day was influencer and nutritionist Lyndi Cohen, who shared a one tray avocado fajita recipe.


Fair Farms survey open. 30/7/2021

Fair Farms is two-years-old this year, and the team is undertaking a review. They want to hear what you’ve got to say about your experience with the program and suggestions for improvement so that they can continue to meet the needs of the horticulture industry into the future. Read the review and take the survey here.


Piece rates critical for motivated workforce. 29/7/2021

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance (AFPA) supports the appropriate application of piece rates to deliver a fair and effective safety net for remuneration of workers who are involved in the harvest of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Fair Work Commission is currently considering an application by the Australian Workers Union (AWU) to vary piece work arrangements. Read more.

Tight urea supplies predicted. 28/7/2021

Prices for urea are expected to be high this year, because of demand from the grains industry. Read more in the Farm Weekly.


Murray Bros celebrates 100 years. 26/7/2021

Since 1921, Murray Bros has been officially trading within the Brisbane Markets. Read more.


Aussie horticulture spotlights responsible farming. 26/7/2021

Limiting food waste, packaging, and boosting water and energy efficiency are just some of the opportunities captured in a new Australian-Grown Horticulture Sustainability Framework that has been developed with input from industry, says Hort Innovation. Read more.


Drought and climate change mentoring project open

The Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Leaders Mentoring Program will support the next generation of farmers to tackle future challenges in drought and climate change. Mentors and mentees will participate in six one-on-one sessions and access targeted webinars and training on topics including business management, succession planning, mental health, and future climate change. To apply, click here.

 
COVID-19 resources for the avocado industry
 
Avocado export round-up
 

Japan exporters confirmed

Avocados Australia received some good news this week from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). The Japanese Government’s agriculture department (MAFF) has officially accepted the accredited packhouses and growers list provided by DAWE. The growers and packhouses achieved 100% passing rate for their audit, which is a very encouraging result.


IFAM flight schedule

The most recent outbound flight schedule from the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) includes flights out of Brisbane, Perth, Sydney and Melbourne to Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan. Find the full schedule here.

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Sign up for the 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.)

 
 

Countdown on to Global Avocado Congress. 3/8/2021

There is less than a month to go to Global Avocado Congress, Fruitnet Media International’s brand new online event for the international avocado business. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas is among the speakers featured at the event on 2 September. Read more in Fresh Produce Journal or register here.


Colombia’s UK exports to soar. 27/7/2021

Exports from Colombia to the UK will rise 90% this year, ProColombia tells Eurofruit. The country is also targeting Japan, South Korea and a range of other markets, read more in Eurofruit or Fresh Fruit Portal.


South Africa’s exports hampered. 27/7/2021

Fruit industry leaders report a cyber attack on South Africa’s road and port authority will further hamper exports, as it comes on top of violent unrest in parts of the country. Read more in Asiafruit.


New Zealand’s bumper crop brings down prices. 26/7/2021

This year’s bumper crop is very good news for eaters of smashed avo on toast, but it is turning out to be a mixed blessing for the country’s 1600 avocado growers. The NZ industry is also concerned Australia’s bumper crop will impact on exports as well. Read more SunMedia.

 
 
 
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AvoGrow webinar: your levy at work

Keen to hear the latest on carbohydrates, pollination, fruit quality and irrigation? Then the Research Update AvoGrow webinar on Thursday, 12 August (from 1pm AEST) is for you! You can find the agenda in our events calendar here, or if you want to go straight to booking your spot, click here.

 
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NQ: Avocados Australia Member breakfast

Avocados Australia’s North Queensland members are invited to a special breakfast on 25 August in Atherton. The event is a chance to meet other members in the region, and get the inside scoop on industry and business issues. Click here to RSVP or call 07 3846 6566 to check your membership status. (Note: you need to RSVP separately for the regional forum.) COVID-19 update: this event will be rescheduled if necessary.

 
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NQ: Regional forum

At this stage, the 2021 North Queensland regional forum will be held in Atherton on 25 August (COVID-permitting). Open to everyone in the region’s avocado industry, the event starts at 8.30am, at the Atherton Hotel. The focus will be on current and future pest threats to the industry, new phenological cycle information, the limiting factors for fruitset, and methods being investigated to better manage fruit abscission. Click here for the agenda, or click here to book.

 

Victoria: online workforce planning workshop

Agriculture Victoria is holding free online workshops to help horticultural businesses boost their workforce plans, to help attract and retain a new workforce. The Sunraysia focussed event is on Wednesday, 11 August from 6pm-7.30pm, and there’s also a statewide session on Monday, 23 August from 3.30pm-5pm. Click here for the flyer (includes booking link, you need to book to get the webinar link).

 

Virtual Fresh Produce Safety Conference

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre is hosting this year’s Fresh Produce Safety Conference online on 18 August 2021. This year’s conference theme is Future Directions for Produce Safety , visit the website for more. https://fpsc-anzconference.com.au/.

 

2021

18 Aug – Fresh Produce Safety Conference, online

25 Aug – Avocados Australia Member Breakfast, Atherton NQ

25 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, Atherton NQ

1 Spt – Avocado spray workshop, WA

2 Spt – Global Avocado Congress, online

12 Oct – Avocado spray workshop, Mareeba NQ

19 Oct – Avocado spray workshop, Childers CQ

21 Oct – Avocado spray workshop, Hampton SQ

26 Oct – Avocado spray workshop, Alstonville NSW

27 Oct – Avocado Regional Forum, Central Queensland

28 Oct – Avocado spray workshop, Stuarts Point NSW

28-29 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, online

10 Nov – Avocado Regional Forum, Tamborine Northern Rivers

10 Nov – National Biosecurity Forum, Canberra/online

23-24 Nov – AvoSkills, Central NSW

25 Nov – Avocado Regional Forum, Central NSW

 

2022

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

15-16 Feb – evoke AG, Perth, WA

11 May – AvoSkills, Tristate

6 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong

7-9 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong

 
 
 
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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.