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COVID-19: changing border restrictions

The return of stay at home orders for the next six weeks for metropolitan Melbourne shows just how vigilant everyone needs to be about COVID-19. Essentially, most states and territories have now either barred or significantly restricted border access to those travelling from Victoria. Avocados Australia has collated details in our COVID-19 resources.

Melbourne shutdown impacts on avoacdos

Melbourne lockdown will impact on avocados

Avocados Australia Chair Jim Kochi says the shutdown on metropolitan Melbourne will impact on avocado sales in the city of five million. “Melbourne is a high avocado user at home, as well as food service,” Mr Kochi told Queensland Country Hour on the ABC this week. Avocados Australia continues to encourage growers to communicate with their wholesalers and consolidators. “Pick, pack and send according to what they can send through the system,” he said. Mr Kochi said volumes were lighter at the moment, and with other states easing restrictions, he hoped the drop in demand would not as dramatic as it was in March.

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COVID-19 delays avocado episode

Hort Innovation is helping educate Australia on the wonders of Aussie horticulture and its value to the health and prosperity of Australia, by sponsoring Channel Ten’s My Market Kitchen. A scheduled piece with avocado growers Katrina and Tim Myers from Barham Avocados was due to air on 7 July but was interrupted by a live COVID-19 update. The episode is now likely to air in August/September.

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Hass in perfect form

The current Hass season is providing and affordable iso-luxury, the Guardian Australia has told readers. “The quality of the current season Hass is beautiful, calling for nothing more than good salt flakes, a squeeze of lemon and a spoon to enjoy,” says journalist Sharnee Rawson. The piece includes a recipe from Australian Avocados. (You can click here to read more about the latest marketing activity.)

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Data on consumer behaviour at your fingertips

Hort Innovation is working to ensure the horticulture sector is provided with critical information about consumer attitudes and behaviours through and beyond this time of COVID-19 disruption, with new access to an impact monitoring service (ST19031) through Fiftyfive5. Each week, this monitoring service provides an update on changes to consumer mindset, attitudes and behaviour.

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Food tampering extends to avocados

In a “back to the future” moment, there has been food tampering incidents involving strawberries, bread, mandarins and an avocado in Adelaide supermarkets. The first instances were publicly reported on 6 July, and the incidents involved items purchased between 27 June and 1 July, on 6 July and on 7 July. Any media queries on these incidents can be directed to Avocados Australia.

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Avocados Australia staff are back in the office

We’re back in the office

The Avocados Australia office (in the Fresh Centre at the Brisbane Markets) has re-opened. You can find our various contact details here.

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Check your temperatures

As part of project AV18000, the third video in the five-part series looks at departure temperatures at packshed in comparison to recommended in the Avocados Australia Best Practice Resource. The project has found 75% of pack sheds examined are outside of recommended best practice minimum and maximum temperatures at departure from pack sheds. The study highlights that transport can hold temperatures but cannot cool fruit. Therefore, if fruit departs the pack shed warm, it stays warm throughout the supply chain. Due to short supply chains and good fruit quality, there was no observable link between supply chain temperatures and riper fruit quality. Temperature management is likely to be important if the fruit is destined for longer supply chains or if pre-harvest quality has been compromised.

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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Updating the crop cycle calendars

Growers interested in learning more about how their trees grow through the season are invited to contact Simon Newett to discuss what is involved, and how in the process they can also help to update the industry’s crop cycle calendars. (The current calendars can be found in the BPR.) Growers (and advisors) who would like to participate will receive a recording sheet and instructions to collect the observations necessary to create growth cycle(s) for their farm and varieties. Contact:

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HARPS updates

Terminology on the HARPS Decision Graphic has been updated in the ‘Action Required’ section for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 businesses. This change clarifies that business in these tiers require HARPS approval, where the previous wording stated these tier business “may require HARPS approval”. Additionally, further clarification has been provided on sales transactions from one wholesaler to another without handling product under a Tier 3 wholesaler. More information is available on the HARPS website.

BOM issues La Nina watch. 9/7/2020.

A La Nina watch has been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology for the first time since February 2018, strengthening evidence that Australia may be heading out of drought. Read more from the ABC.

CQ: avocado grower new BFVG chair. 8/7/2020.

Bundaberg avocado and macadamia grower Joe Lyons is the new chair of the Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Group (BFVG). Fellow avocado grower Craig Van Rooyan is now deputy chair. Read more from BFVG.

WA: Stewart Learmonth retiring. 7/7/2020.

Pest control can make or break a new crop — as retiring Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development entomologist Stewart Learmonth has witnessed over a career that has spanned nearly half a century. Read more in the Countryman.

Biosecurity: translated resources for seasonal workers. 3/7/2020.

Plant Health Australia has produced a video and fact sheet in nine languages to help farm workers learn about the simple things they can do to reduce the risk of spreading plant pests and diseases. Find the resources here.

The state of plant biosecurity in Australia. 2/7/2020.

The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2019 has just been released by Plant Health Australia (PHA), bringing together contributions from over 100 government, industry and research organisations, including Avocados Australia. Read more from Plant Health Australia.

Victorian fruit fly funding extended. 1/7/2020.

Victoria’s key fruit production regions will continue to be protected from the impacts of Queensland fruit fly with an extension of funding from the Victorian Government, including $511,900 for the Mildura area. Read more.

Hort Innovation signs new Deed of Agreement. 1/7/2020.

On 24 June, Hort Innovation signed a new Deed of Agreement with the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. This document is the funding agreement that allows for levies and government contributions to be transferred from the government to Hort Innovation, and that governs how Hort Innovation subsequently invests those funds. Read the agreement here.

COVID-19: Victorian outbreak impacts Coles distribution centre. 30/6/2020.

On 28 June, Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton revealed a worker at Coles' Laverton distribution centre was among the state's latest coronavirus cases and that they had been at work for "three days while infectious”. At the time, Coles said the testing at Laverton had caused "short-term delays" on some deliveries of items to stores. Read more from the ABC.

South Australia: hailstorm recovery projects. 30/6/2020.

The South Australian Government has launched a $180,000 Business Growth Productivity Program for Riverland food producers impact by hailstorms last year. The program includes three workshops and access to farm business management software. Read more. There’s a second program to install new, or replace netting damaged in recent years. Read more.

Nuffield scholarships available. 30/6/2020.

Interested in the opportunity to receive a $30,000 bursary to study leading-edge global agriculture? Nuffield's global network is what sets this program apart, enabling participants to learn firsthand how other businesses are tackling global issues and barriers in agriculture. Visit for more details and how to apply.

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India investing in Zambia avocado orchard. 7/7/2020.

A firm from India intends to invest about US$20 million in an avocado plantation in Chingola in Zambia's Copperbelt Province. Read more in FreshPlaza.

New Zealand producing avocado milk. 6/7/2020.

Avocadomilk, developed by a Japanese-born chef and mass produced at a Hawke’s Bay factory, is now being exported internationally. The product is a combination of avocados and oat milk. Read more in the New Zealand Herald.

Colombia wants $100m+ avocado exports. 1/7/2020.

Colombia’s Agriculture Minister says he wants his country’s Hass exports to eventually top the $100 million mark, and they’re focussing on opening new markets and supporting local investment to do it. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Peru plans European domination. 30/6/2020.

Peruvian avocado shipments to Europe between January and March 2020 totalled $64 million, 69% more than in the same period of 2019, according to Promperu. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Ecuador expanding production. 30/6/2020.

According to Xavier Freile, the president of Corpoaguate, a union that brings together 24 members, estimates are that there will be 5,000 hectares planted with Hass avocados in Ecuador in five years. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Mexico expects surplus in US market. 30/6/2020.

“Given the current environment, there might be a bit of a surplus volume in the market, but Mexico is committed to the US as their primary destination for avocado,” says Villita Avocados. Read more in FreshPlaza.

Your round up of export news that matters

New Australia/India biosecurity arrangements. 7/7/2020.

New biosecurity arrangements between Australia and India approving the use of in-transit cold treatment may open the door to more fruit export opportunities. Read more.

Indonesia free trade deal in force. 5/7/2020.

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) entered into force on 5 July 2020. Via the IA-CEPA, Indonesia will eliminate tariffs on avocados in 2026. Read more.

Airfreight scheme extended. 3/7/2020.

The Australian Government has added an extra $240m to the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), extending the airfreight support to the end of the year. It is understood regular IFAM-backed flights to Singapore and Hong Kong have capacity for additional freight. Read more.

Update for plant export registered establishment audits. 3/7/2020.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture has updated its audit policy for plant export registered establishments. The changes include setting an upper limit for the number of minor corrective action requests, and providing extra clarity on a range of matters. Read more.

Hort Innovation launches COVID-19 trade hub

The hub includes top-level insights, business tools and country updates, collated by Hort Innovation’s international trade team. Find it here.

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International expert for NQ forum

The online North Queensland Avocado Regional Forum will be held via webinar on Wednesday, 29 July, at 9am (AEST). The main topics are irrigation, nutrition and PGRs, presented by international researcher and speaker, Dr Francisco Mena Volker, from GAMA Ltda, Chile. RSVP by Friday, 24 July to Amanda on or call 07 3846 6566 to reserve your spot.



29 Jul – North Queensland Regional Forum (webinar)

17 Nov – Asiafruit Congress, Singapore

18-20 Nov – Asia Fruit Logistica, Singapore



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21-23 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

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