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Avocados Australia Guacamole 11 June 2021
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COVID-19: what’s new

Here’s the latest from this fortnight.

  • If you are employing staff from the Pacific Islands, you need to provide induction and training in their first language. If you only provide this in English and they don't understand, you are not meeting your obligations under WHS laws. Read more from the Queensland Government.
  • Restrictions in Melbourne have eased today, but there are still some restrictions with those in the metro area encouraged to “stay local”. Read more.
  • If you’ve been out and about in Victoria, New South Wales or Queensland, click on the relevant state to check the exposure location lists.
 
Robert Gray, Daryl Boardman and Adele Nowakowska at Avo Connections

Avo Connections a smashing success

More than 70 avocado industry members were on hand for our very first Avo Connections, a shoulder event to this week’s Hort Connections. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said the event was a chance for the entire supply chain to learn more about the production outlook for the industry, how the industry is improving  quality management, the current marketing activities,  insights into the retail sphere, introduction to the new AvoData system and an update on export activities. “It was an excellent event, and for those who couldn’t join us in person, we will have a selection of the presentations in the BPR soon,” he said. And if you missed the morning’s tissue culture research update from QAAFI, you can catch up with a webinar next week (click here, and more below).

 
Our Green Gold billboard

Encouraging consumers to try something new

Avocados Australia is encouraging avocado lovers to experiment with new recipes, to take advantage of the exceptional value offered by avocados right now. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says with a bumper crop comes great value on the retail shelves for avo lovers, who can now confidently try out a new recipe (or two).

 
Australian Avocados

Have you seen the new ad?

The new Our Green Gold campaign is well underway, with the television commercial, various social media activities and the giant mural in Sydney all unveiled. You can view the ad 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.

 
AvoSkills - Central Queensland event

AvoSkills: register your interest today

Are you new to the avocado industry or do you want to hone your skills? AvoSkills is a two day event from the extension team (AV17005) that will help you with the A to O of growing avocados. The next event will be in Bundaberg Q on August 3-4. Numbers are strictly limited for this event. If you are keen to attend an event a little closer to home, AvoSkills are also planned for Central New South Wales and the Tristate in future.

 
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Shepard season delivered quality: new retail reports

As the Shepard season wraps up, we have seen consistently high quality fruit through February to May, with fruit meeting the industry target of 90% acceptable in all four months. You can find the May reports from the retail monitoring project (AV19003) in the BPR here.


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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New directors needed: Plant Health Australia. 11/6/2021

Plant Health Australia Limited (PHA) has opened applications for non-executive directors of the company. PHA has a skills-based Board, currently consisting of eight directors. In order to maintain skills appropriate to our Constitution and activities, the terms of approximately half of the directors expire every two years. Click here to read more.


Tissue culture research in the news. 9/6/2021

Queensland has signalled its intention to be the epicentre of avocado production with locally developed technology promising to deliver greater volumes of the crop in quicker time and at lower cost to the grower. Read more in inQueensland.


Payment direction scams costing millions. 9/6/2021

Payment redirection scams were the most financially damaging scams for Australian businesses in 2020 according to the ACCC’s latest Targeting Scams report. Combined losses reported to Scamwatch, other government agencies, banks and payment platforms totalled $128 million in 2020. Read more.


$28m program to improve productivity. 8/6/2021

A new research and development program launched by Hort Innovation aims to arm growers with the tools they need to produce more avocados, almonds, citrus, macadamias and mangoes per hectare. Read more.


Biosecurity failures put ag at risk. 8/6/2021

Australia’s ability to protect almost $100 billion of farming and tourism trade from pests and disease has been slammed in a damning report by the Auditor-General. Read more in the ABC.


NSW: beehives doused in fuel at Coffs Harbour. 8/6/2021

Unknown attackers have destroyed a colony of 70 beehives, dousing them with a petrol-like chemical, in the Nana Creek State Forest, north-west of Coffs Harbour. Read more from the ABC.


WHS: fatal dismount from tractor leads to $150,000 fine. 31/5/2021

A Queensland court has fined a vegetable grower $150,000 after the death of a worker who was crushed when he dismounted from a moving tractor. The company had a policy against getting off a moving tractor, carried out safety inductions, and had warned the worker several times before the fatal incident. Read more.


NQ: Lankester Farm sells for $11.5 million. 30/5/2021

Two former Parramatta restaurateurs have boosted the flood of capital into horticulture by paying $11.5 million for a premium banana, avocado and custard apple farm west of Cairns in Far North Queensland. Read more in Commercial Real Estate.

 
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New Zealand avocados strong growth. 10/6/2021

New Zealand’s avocado industry value eclipsed $227m in the 2020/21 season, with $167m delivered by avocado exports and $60m in sales in the New Zealand market. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Mexican avo exports to US rise. 9/6/2021

Mexican avocado exports to the US have broken through the 1 million tonne barrier for the first time. Read more in Eurofruit.

 
 
Avocado export round-up
 

Successful WA event

Avocados Australia’s special event for exporters to Japan went well on 1 June. Registrations for exporting to Japan for the 2021/22 season are now open. A range of new resources have developed for this market, covering the requirements for both growers and packers. Developed with the assistance of an Australian Government PASE grant, the resources include pre-season checklists and details of audit and record keeping requirements. You can find them in the Best Practice Resource.


Export price hike likely to go ahead. 11/6/2021

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has responded to calls from exporters facing price hikes of more than 50%, as the Government pushes ahead with the new charges. However, there’s no indication he is inclined to delay the 1 July implementation date. If you have a subscription, you can read the story in Courier-Mail, or check out the Australian Fresh Produce Alliance media release here.


Container shipments underway

The Avolution is among the Australian avocado exporters turning to container shipments as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hinder air freight options. Read more from the company, and in Produce Plus.


Australia negotiating Indian market access. 1/6/2021

The Australian Government is currently negotiating for market access for avocados to Indian, along with market improvements for grains, pulses and nuts (phosphine fumigation). Read more.


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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.)

 
 
QAAFI webinar

From lab to orchard and beyond

If you missed the special QAAFI session at this week’s Hort Connections, you have another chance to catch up on the latest research taking the world’s first avocado tissue cultured plants from the lab to the orchard. In an online seminar on 15 June, Dr Alice Hayward will share updates on progress across various cultivars, field trial results, and the work of research partners. Click here for more information and watch on the day.

 

RSVP now for Western Australia’s regional forums!

The agendas for the Western Australian Regional Forums have been finalised. Come and join us in either Pemberton (22 June) or Wanneroo (24 June) for an industry update, managing avocado pests and the benefits of pollinators insects. Participants in Pemberton will jump aboard the Avo Bus to tour three orchard examining canopy management strategies. Wanneroo participants will also hear about irrigation and examine canopy management in two orchards during the orchard visit.

Click here to RSVP for Pemberton and click here to RSVP for Wanneroo.

 

Western Australia wholesale workshop

West Australian wholesalers and ripeners are invited to this free Avocado Wholesale Workshop where we’ll cover the latest on supply chain fruit quality from packhouse to retail and industry trends specific to wholesalers. The event, at the MarketWest boardroom at the Canning Vale Markets, will be held on the 25 June at 8:30am-10:30am (AWST). You can find more details here. RSVP today to secure your seat! Book your seat here!

 

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

22 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum, WA south

24 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum, WA north

25 Jun – Avocado Wholesale Workshop, Perth

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

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.