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Avocados Australia Guacamole 9 July 2021
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Final week of the survey! We’ve been sending the Guacamole to you on a Friday since 2016, and we want to know if you’d like to receive it earlier in the week. Tell us in this one question poll! (So far, it sounds like you’d really like to see Guac on a Friday morning, so click the link if you’d prefer it earlier in the week.)

 
 
 

COVID-19: what’s new

Here’s the latest from this fortnight.

  • The Greater Sydney lockdown has been extended, and is now scheduled to end at 11.59pm on Friday, 16 July. Check here for updates.
  • The Delta variant is changing venue check-in requirements across the country. Click the state to check what needs to be done for QR code check-ins for each state: Queensland (accommodation yes, orchards no), New South Wales (Avocados Australia has asked for clarification on which businesses are covered by the notice that all businesses need to use the QR code from 12 July, we’ll let you know), Victoria (QR code not needed for farms, but you must record worker attendance by some means), Tasmania (from 31 July, accommodation yes, orchards no). Note: if you don’t need the QR code system, you may still need to record attendance in some manner so check the requirements and refer to your orchard/packhouse COVIDsafe plan. We’ve updated our Staying safe in the orchard and packshed guide with more detailed information, where available.
  • For those in the Tristate around Mildura, the good news is the SA/VIC border is open (with just the usual travel registration) but if you’ve been further into NSW than the 100km SA/NSW border corridor in the last 14 days, restrictions apply. (You can transit through the Sydney airport though, if that’s your only stop in NSW.)
  • The NSW Government has extended its subsidy for overseas agricultural worker hotel quarantine. Read more.
  • Otherwise, click the state to check current border restrictions: South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, Northern Territory, the ACT, Tasmania, and New South Wales.
 
Image: Johanna Marie, ABC Wide Bay, www.abc.net.au

Some growers removing trees in CQ

Grower Matthew Kingston is among growers within the Paradise Dam irrigation scheme now facing just 22% water allocations for 2021/22, with some growers removing trees or pruning them back to reduce water use. “I don't know anyone who would not be considering it … most people will run out of their [water] allocation by September,” Mr Kingston said. Avocados Australia Central Queensland Director Eric Carney says he’s seen plenty of pruning, tree canopy management and irrigation efficiency, as growers take steps to manage their orchards. “If we don’t get good rain before December, we could be in real trouble.”

 
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Aussie avos at Global Avocado Congress

Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas will be a panellist at the 2021 online Global Avocado Congress, organised by Fruitnet. Mr Tyas will join a panel in the Asia to speak on a panel regarding the rise in Australia’s production and the associated export opportunities. This will be aired as part of the Asia stream. Registration for the congress is free.

 
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IGA sales competition

For the next month, consumers in IGA stores nationwide and Foodland stores in South Australia are being encouraged to up their avo game, with an Australian Avocados-supported sales challenge. Store teams are being encouraged to celebrate the avocado with great in-store displays, with prizemoney and a trophy on offer. You can check out the poster on 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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Retail reports indicate drop in quality

The June retail quality reports (AV19003) are recording a decline in quality through June, across Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. There has been an increase in most defects, but particularly bruising, body rots, flesh discolouration and vascular browning, and some old fruit has also been identified. You can read the June reports in the Retail quality module of the BPR. 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 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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Increased production offering opportunity. 7/7/2021

“It is some of the biggest crops that the Australian industry has had over the past 20 years, so it has created plenty of opportunities from the perspective of export and expanding domestic sales,” says the Avolution’s Antony Allen. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Torres Strait fruit fly eradication update. 6/7/2021

Government efforts to stop exotic fruit flies from entering the Australian mainland through the Torres Strait are set to continue with a revised five-year response plan endorsed by the National Management Group on 28 June. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Pollination survey from AgriFutures Australia. 7/7/2021

The Plan Bee project is exploring how to improve the productivity and value of the honey bee and pollination industries. and need input from avocado growers and beekeepers. Click here for the grower survey, and click here for the beekeeper survey.


CQ orchard talks consumption and quality. 4/7/2021

Blue Lagoon Avocados talks growing consumption and their focus on quality, in a video from Bundaberg Now, that you can watch on Facebook here or read the article here. (You shouldn’t need a Facebook account for the video to play.)


Backpacker visa changes worry farmers. 1/7/2021

Farm groups have slammed the federal government's changes to the structure of the working holiday maker (WHM) visa, saying it imperils Australia's food production and adds to labour shortage woes. Read more from ABC Rural.


New tropical pest guide and strategy released. 1/7/2021

Hot on the heels of the release of the surveillance guide for pests of tropical horticulture last month, the Tropical Plant Industries Biosecurity Surveillance Strategy 2020–25 is now also available. Read more in GetFarming.


Update on dithiocarbamates review. 28/6/2021

The APVMA has listed the group as priority 1 for review, with worker and dietary exposure indicated amongst key issues for assessment. It is believed that the Australian review will occur after the 2022 Joint FAO/WHO Meeting on Pesticide Residues (JMPR). Given the outcomes internationally industries may need to consider the possibility of adverse outcomes once an Australian review is finalised. Download the MT17019 June report from Hort Innovation to read more.


Permit issued for tea red spider and six-spotted mites

The APVMA has issued a permit for the use of bifenazate in avocados for tea read spider mite and the six-spotted mite in all states and territories, except Victoria. Search for PER89167 at https://portal.apvma.gov.au/permits to download the new permit for details of the critical use comments and withholding periods.


NFF offering mentoring, and needs mentors

The NFF is helping to deliver the Future Drought Fund Drought Resilience Mentoring Program with the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF). The program connects farmers to other farmers and rural professionals around Australia to share knowledge and experience to build stronger farms, especially for future droughts. The program is free of charge for participants, and applications open 15 July 2021. Read more here.


Nuffield applications open for 2022

Applications for the 2022 Nuffield scholarships are now open, offering life-changing scholarship to travel and study an agricultural topic of choice. Applications close on 6 August 2021 and successful applicants will be announced at the national conference in Tamworth in October. Click here for details on how to apply.


2021 Australian biosecurity awards open

Nominations for the 2021 Australian Biosecurity Awards will close on 30 July. The awards recognise thos who have shown a commitment to supporting and promoting Australia’s biosecurity. Click here to view the categories. Winners will be announced at an awards dinner on 10 November 2021, following the National Biosecurity Forum. More information: aba@awe.gov.au.


Black soldier fly technology survey

The University of Western Australia is collecting farmers’ opinions about preferences and opinions on organic fertilisers and soil improvers developed from agricultural waste using black soldier fly (BSF) technology. As a thank you for completing the survey, you will be entered into a prize draw to win one of five $100 gift-cards of your choice. Click here to take the 20 minute survey, or email Dr Fiona Dempster (fiona.dempster@uwa.edu.au) or Dr Vandana Subroy (vandana.subroy@uwa.edu.au) for more information.

 
COVID-19 resources for the avocado industry
 
 

NZ: bumper avocado exports in 2019/20. 7/7/2021

Fresh fruit sales have propelled export growth for New Zealand’s horticulture sector over the 12 months to 30 June 2020, according to Plant & Food Research and Horticulture New Zealand’s Fresh Facts report. This includes a year-on-year increase for avocados from $104m to $112m. Read more in Eurofruit.


Chilean growers face labour shortages. 6/7/2021

A Federation of Chilean Fruit Producers survey has found more than half of the country’s orchards and packhouses are facing labour shortfalls of between 50-70%. It appears the shortage is because workers fear losing their state-provided pandemic assistance, and a lack of international labour. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Mexican producers’ cartel headaches. 1/7/2021

Fed up with being besieged by criminal organisations, Mexican avocado producers in the state of Michoacán formed their own armed group to keep cartel members out of four municipalities. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Peru’s avocado promotions in Japan. 30/6/2021

“Peruavo-kun” is the new-image character that will be at the forefront of PromPeru’s avocado promotions in Japan. Read more in Produce Plus. In other news for Peru, the country’s exports were up nearly 30% for the 2021/21 season, read more in Produce Blue Book.


Hi-tech sea freight avocado tracking project. 27/6/2021

A handful of 3-D avocados from South Africa – fully equipped with microsensors and packed between real avos – have just returned to the country after an international shipping trip to Rotterdam, Netherlands. These fake avos have collected valuable data on what happens to fresh produce on one such journey. Read more in News24.

 
 
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Getting ready for audit and ramp up export to Japan

WA growers and packhouses are getting ready for their season and planning to ramp up export to Japan. This year we have received great interests in signing up for the audit for exporting to Japan. It is also the first year that Avocados Australia introduced an online registration system to streamline the registration process funded by the Australian Government’s PASE program. Audit for exporting to Japan will roll out in the next few weeks.


South East Asia promotions update

Malaysia: A series of promotions and social media posts are happening in Malaysia in collaboration with key opinion leaders (KOLs) The promotion is being organised by Hort Innovation under the Taste Australia brand). More details please visit Taste Australia Malaysia page on Facebook and Instagram.

Singapore: The Singapore campaign on social media is about to launch in the next week or two featuring Australian avocados under the Taste Australia brand. We will share more details when ready.  More details please visit Taste Australia Singapore on Facebook and Instagram.

Indonesia: Avocados Australia Export Development Manager Flora Zhang is providing avocado-related material (developed by Hort Innovation under the Taste Australia brand) for use in an Indonesian promotion next week. This promotion is being organised by Trade and Investment Queensland.


IFAM horticulture briefings

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) continues to support air freight during the pandemic. The Australia Government is running briefing sessions on the latest developments on 26 July 2021, 10-10:30am (AEST), and 30 August 2021, 10-10:30am (AEST). You can submit questions before the event to freightbriefing@austrade.gov.au, or email minh.cao@austrade.gov.au if you can any issues registering.


Latest export report available in the BPR Library

The April 2021 import/export report is now available in the BPR. For the 10 months to April 2021, exports of avocados were 1,661 tonnes, which was 51% lower than last year to date. Hong Kong was the lead market, followed by Singapore and Malaysia. Click here to find the report (in the BPR Library, under Export).


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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.)

 
 
Image from: SQ spray field day, Boardman

Hands on, practical spray days planned

A series of hands on, practical workshops on the coverage, calibration and timing of sprays are planned across the nation’s avocado growing regions, as part of AV19001. Organised by EE Muir, presenter Donald Thorp will run participants through setting up an orchard sprayer to adequately protect their crop. Growers should, in fact, calibrate their sprayers on an annual basis. Coverage for sprays will be measured in-field using extension poles and water sensitive paper. At the NSW events, NSW DPI will present on pest and disease control for avocado growers, covering pest identification, damage, cultural, biological and chemical controls. Factsheets will be provided in other states. 

Numbers are strictly limited to 30 per event.

 

Pest management workshops

How to get the best use out of the currently available control options. As part of Hort Innovation project Review and extension of avocado pests and their management (AV19001) pest management workshops are now being offered to growers and agronomists interested in learning more about managing invertebrate pests in avocados. The workshops run for about two hours and include a presentation on pest management options followed by a discussion on the pros and cons of current practice. The main emphasis of the workshops is developing a management strategy that deals with all pests of concern for those participating in the workshop. If you would like more information, please contact Jessica by at jessica@ipmtechnologies.com.au or phone: 0408 308 809.

 

2021

21 Jul – Avocado spray workshop, Mareeba NQ

27 Jul – Avocado spray workshop, Childers CQ

29 Jul – Avocado spray workshop, Hampton SQ

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

24 Aug – Avocado spray workshop, Alstonville NSW

25 Aug – Avocados Australia Member Breakfast, Atherton NQ

25 Aug – Avocado Regional Forum, Atherton NQ

26 Aug – Avocado spray workshop, Stuarts Point NSW

1 Spt – Avocado spray workshop, WA

2 Spt – Global Avocado Congress, online

28-29 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, online

10 Nov – National Biosecurity Forum, Canberra/online

 

2022

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

15-16 Feb – evoke AG, Perth, WA

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.