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Avocados Australia Guacamole 10 January 2020

Welcome to 2020

The year has started as it finished, with fires impacting across much of Australia. We hope everyone had a safe New Year. If you want to help those affected, this ABC article has a range of links and suggestions: read more.


Fires close west/east arterial road

The highway linking Western Australia to South Australia and onward to the eastern seaboard was closed for 12 days, impacting on the movement of fresh produce to and from the west. The ABC reports the highway re-opened today. The impact extends beyond WA, with transport issues in and out of many fire affected regions, The Weekly Times reports.

Photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel on Unsplash

Fire recovery tips

With assistance from America’s Dr Ben Faber, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ Simon Newett has collated advice for both fire preparation and fire recovery for avocado growers. Hort Innovation has also collated links ranging from financial assistance to mental health support. Click here for the Hort Innovation list of resources and click here for a map (updates continuing) showing a range of tree crops and known fire extents (note, this map is being regularly updated).

Australian Avocados

Helping consumers choose

The marketing team at Australian Avocados are continuing their work to help consumers choose the perfect Hass on social media. Click here to see one of their New Year posts. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

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Did you miss one of 2019's extension events?

Presentations and event summaries prepared by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries are available in the Best Practice Resource Library, under the Event Proceedings heading. You will find all the materials from the Tamborine/Northern Rivers, Central Queensland, Western Australian, Central NSW, TriState and North Queensland events. Check the calendar below for 2020 dates!

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/best-practice-resource/.

Avocados Australia administers ANVAS so growers have access to healthy avocado trees
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Click here to see a summary of current Australian avocado industry news

Hort Innovation highlights success. 8/1/20.

An increase in co-investor funding helped Australia’s Hort Innovation increase its footprint last year. In the 12-months to 31 December 2019, the grower-owned research and development corporation managed more than 600 active R&D projects, and 24 marketing programs, including those for avocados. Read more in Asiafruit.

New horticulture industry labour agreement available

Businesses in Australia’s horticulture industry are now able to apply for the new Horticulture Industry Labour Agreement. The Agreement increases access to skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers for the horticulture industry, where appropriately qualified Australians are unavailable. Click here to read more.

Queensland: Electricity drought relief

The Drought Relief from Electricity Charges Scheme (DRECS) provides relief from supply charges on electricity accounts that are used to pump water for farm or irrigation purposes. Click here to check the eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

Closing soon: business masterclass applications

If you want to take your career in horticulture further, applications for the 2020 Masterclass in Horticultural Business are open for anyone in the Australian horticulture industry. Applications for this round close on 17 January, 2020. Click here for more.

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Click here for a round up of all the latest international avocado news

Mr Avocado enters north-east China. 8/1/20.

Mr. Avocado, a joint venture between Mission Produce, Lantao International and Pagoda, has made its foray into north-east China with a two-day roadshow in Heilongjiang province. The emphasis was on supplying the ready-to-eat avocado market. Read more in Asiafruit.

WAO promotes avocado via Michelin. 8/1/20.

Xavier Equihua, the World Avocado Organization's CEO, will present the Best Young Michelin Chef award during the Netherlands' first-ever Michelin Guide awards ceremony next week. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Mexico: criminals extort up to 4% of avocado value. 8/1/20.

In 2018, the American academic journal Politics & Policy calculated that Michoacan's criminal groups managed to extort 1 to 4% of the total production value. Read more in FreshPlaza.

South Africa: theft costs growers R24 million. 8/1/20.

During the past season, the macadamia and avocado industries suffered losses of over R160 million and R24 million respectively. Read more in Farmer’s Weekly.

Colombia: avocado plantings continue. 2/1/20.

Colombia’s Quindio region could soon be its leading avocado production region as international interests convert grasslands to orchards. Read more in FreshPlaza.

US: avocado home delivery popular. 2/1/20.

Blueberries, avocados, spinach and pears were popular online purchases according to data released by online sales giant Amazon. Read more in Fruit Grower News.

Mexico: avocado production could cause ecological collapse. 24/12/19.

The Center for Research in Environmental Geography (CIGA) of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) estimates that 88% of Michoacan producers are responsible for various pollution issues that range from regular to severe, such as erosion, depletion of aquifers, and pollution from pesticide use. Read more in FreshPlaza.

A summary of all the latest export news

$4m grant round opens to enhance food chain traceability. 8/1/20.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture is inviting applications for grants worth $4 million to fund projects to enhance traceability in the food supply chain. Closing on 21 February, the funding is available to individuals, communities, government or private sector organisations, as well as agricultural export industries. Click here for more.

China lowers tariffs on frozen avocado. 23/12/19.

China lowered tariffs on hundreds of products on 1 January, including the tariff rate on frozen avocado from 30% down to 7%. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

New date and location for Asia Fruit Logistica

Organisers have moved the 2020 Asia Fruit Logistica to Singapore. The Asiafruit Congress will now be held on 15 September, and the Asia Fruit Logistica on 16-18 September. Read more on the official Logistica site.


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Check your diaries!

AvoSkills 2020 – Pemberton WA

Are you new to the avocado industry? Expressions of interest are now open for the 2020 AvoSkills workshop on 10-11 March. This event will be held in Pemberton, Western Australia and will cover the “A” to the “O” of growing avocados in Australia. This practical, fun, hands-on workshop tackles the essentials of growing good quality fruit, and is tailored toward new growers, re-sellers, farm supervisors and farm managers. Places are strictly limited to 40 participants. Click here for details. Register your interest by 17 February to Bridie Carr on 0436 675 740 or bridie.carr@daf.qld.gov.au.



11 Feb – Avocado Regional Forum, Blackbutt Q
26 Feb – Avocado Regional Forum, Bellthorpe Q

10-11 Mar – AvoSkills workshop, Pemberton WA

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 (new venue & date)
16-18 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Singapore (new venue & date)

Horticulture Innovation Australia
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.