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Fears for CQ’s Paradise Dam

There are concerns the wall of Central Queensland’s Paradise Dam could be permanently lowered, after new laws were introduced this week. Farmer groups are concerned the state’s Natural Resources Minister’s legislative amendments might see the dam wall lowered before reports into the structural necessity and economic impacts are completed.

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Avocado pest survey to guide R&D

A Hort Innovation survey will help researchers identify diseases, insect pests and weeds of major concern, as part of the Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP). Industries being reviewed in 2020 include avocado, and available registered or permitted pesticides will be evaluated to identify possible solutions.

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Avocados television commercial returning

The Australian Avocados television commercial will return to the small screen in metropolitan and regional areas in March, explaining how avocados make everything better. This activity is part of the broader marketing activity encouraging consumers to become regular avocado purchasers. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Irrigation and avocados

Water stress at critical times in the development of the crop can dramatically affect fruit yield, size and quality for avocados. Have you checked out the irrigation information in the BPR’s Growing section lately? As well as information on the technical aspects of irrigation, this section also covers managing with limited water, and factors affecting water demand and availability.

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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New Ag Minister. 6/2/20.

Queensland’s David Littleproud has returned as Australia’s Agriculture Minister, after this week’s reshuffle. Fellow Queenslander Keith Pitt takes on the water, resources and Northern Australia portfolios. Read more at the ABC.

International Year of Plant Health Australian launch

For the first time in history, the United Nations General Assembly has focused global attention on plant health by declaring 2020 the International Year of Plant Health (IYPH).

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Search on for alternative pollinators. 4/2/20.

Early assessments indicate more than 10,000 honey bee hives have been destroyed across the Australian mainland. Hort Innovation says several research projects are underway to assess alternative or complementary pollinators. Read more.

Nominations open for national hort awards. 30/1/20.

Click here to read more about the 2020 National Awards for Excellence categories. Nominations close on 10 April 2020, and the awards are presented as part of the annual Hort Connections conference.


WA pollination project underway. 29/1/20.

A project underway in Western Australia is hoping to increase the fruit set and size of avocados, by better managing pollination techniques. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Caffeine secret weapon in fruit fly fight. 29/1/20.

Researchers have bred a male Q-fly that is attractive to discerning female flies as part of the SITPlus program, and researchers are now using caffeine to make these sterile flies even more formidable. Read more from Hort Innovation.

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WAO talks nutritional value. 5/2/20.

Avocados' nutritional benefits justify their water consumption, the World Avocado Organisation has claimed, hitting back at further media reports highlighting the fruit's irrigation requirements. Read more in Eurofruit.

US: avocado wins the Super Bowl. 3/2/20.

The Super Bowl is the reason January is the biggest month of the year for Mexico’s avocado exports to the US. More than 37,500 tons were shipped across the border this year, 3% more than last year. Read more in Vice and watch Avocados from Mexico’s latest commercial via AdPulp.

US research into controlling varroa. 31/1/20.

Researchers have genetically engineered a bacterium that lives in the gut of honey bees, to boost their ability to fight off pathogens that are often responsible for colony collapse. Read more from the ABC.

Mexico says marketing key to success. 31/1/20.

APEAM says the results of marketing campaigns in the US had been particularly successful, and the organisation says it plans to continue work in Asian markets. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Peru introduces dry matter certification. 30/1/20.

In order to access the Chilean market, Peru has introduced a dry matter certification process for its small producers. Read more in FreshPlaza.

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Mexico supplies 90.5% of Japan’s avocado market. 6/2/20.

According to data from the Ministry of Finance of Japan, Mexican avocado exports to Japan achieved a new record in 2019 totalling US$217 million, 14% more than in the previous year. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Chile monitors coronavirus impact. 30/1/20.

The coronavirus outbreak is yet to impact on the flow of fruit shipments to Asia, but Chile is monitoring the situation, as there is a risk. Read more in FreshPlaza. And the New York Times reports the virus crisis is testing China’s ability to feed its population.

Colombia’s Asian markets boon for avocados. 30/1/20.

Avocados are now Colombia’s fifth most valuable agricultural export, and they plan further expansion into Asian markets. The EU is still the country’s main market. Read more in FreshPlaza.


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Hort Connections 2020

Native bee workshop: Alstonville, NSW

Join native bee specialists for a free field day near Alstonville, including lunch, farm walk and presentations on the benefits of native bees for pollination in avocado orchards on 5 March. This event is part of the Stingless bees as effective managed pollinators for Australian horticulture (PH16000) project lead by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University and funded by Hort Innovation. The day includes presentations, Q&A opportunities, a farm walk, insect hunts and a demonstration of native bee management. Presenters include local grower and stingless bee keeper Mike Hogan (Miloudamat Avocados), Dr Megan Halcroft (Bees Business) and a hive of researchers. Places are limited and bookings essential, click here.


CQ: tissue culture 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 aslo be a tour of the first established field trial, hosted by Donovan Family Investments. Click here for full details (including how to RSVP).



11 Feb – Avocado Regional Forum, Blackbutt Q

26 Feb – Avocado Regional Forum, Bellthorpe Q

5 Mar – Native bee pollination day, Alstonville NSW

10-11 Mar – AvoSkills workshop, Pemberton WA

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

12 Mar – Avocado Regional Forum, Pemberton WA

10-13 Mar – Foodex Japan 2020, Makuhari Messe, Chiba

15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

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