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Special avocado event: Hort Connections

Join Avocados Australia at the not to be missed event for the year Avo Connections! Avo Connections will take place on 7 June 2021 from 12.30pm (prior to Hort Connections) at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. This event is a great opportunity to network and hear the latest developments in industry, marketing, retail and supply chain R&D activity. Tickets are strictly limited so click here today to secure your seat!

 

COVID-19: what’s new

Here’s the latest from this fortnight.

  • The Australian Government has revised its incentive program, taking a more flexible approach. Workers who take up short-term ag work, are now eligible for up to $2,000 in relocation assistance when they complete just 40 hours of work over a two-week period. Read more. And workers can find more info (including a claim checklist) by clicking here.
  • Given there’s been a few cases of COVID-19 popping up, don’t forget to check on any travel restrictions.
 
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We’re improving how you enter your Infocado data

Have you noticed a few changes when you go to enter your Infocado data? Our new and improved AvoData system has now entered its first live phase, which means you will no longer be using GFA to provide us with your forecast and dispatch data. All users will be progressively added to the new system as new regions approach their harvest but if you’re starting your harvest a bit earlier than expected, please give Daniel or Amanda a call on 07 3846 6566 or email infocado@avocado.org.au so we can get you up and running.

 
Avocados Australia Tristate Director Kym Thiel

A smashing Tristate season expected

The number of avocados grown in Sunraysia and the Riverland this coming season is expected to at least double last season’s production. Avocados Australia's Tristate director Kym Thiel told ABC Rural the good growing conditions that were expected followed last year's light crop, when only 435,000 trays were packed.

 
Special guest speaker Udi Gafni

Special international guest speaker: irrigation

As part of the 2021 Avocado Irrigation Summit, the Avogrow Webinar Series will feature the guest presentation from Udi Gafni, the Technical Services Lead for Avocado Granot, Israel to the entire industry. Udi will join the summit group live via Zoom next Wednesday evening to present information on the avocado irrigation practices in Israel and those in orchards that he consults to in Chile, Peru, South Africa, Kenya and Australia.

 
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Managing avocados with less water: Childers Qld

Avocados Australia has arranged a special workshop for Central Queensland growers on 24 May in Childers. Growers will hear from speakers with a range of experiences in dealing with dry times in orchards, including Agriculture Victoria’s Jeremy Giddings (read his article from the upcoming Talking Avocados here), former horticultural grower Phillip Mansell, and Avocados Australia’s Liz Singh. RSVP by 21 May.

 
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Have your say on avocado levy investment

Hort Innovation will soon begin gathering feedback on a new avocado strategic investment plan (SIP). The draft SIP will be available at horticulture.com.au from 21 May (next Friday). An online feedback form will also be available to provide comment on the draft industry SIPs. Drafts will be available online for two weeks, until COB Friday, 4 June 2021. For more information, contact the avocado Industry Strategic Partner Georgia Sheil (contact details here).

 
Image of the Our Green Gold mural in Sydney. Image via Daryl Boardman.

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, and check out the huge new mural in Sydney. 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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Need to catch up on our recent events?

Did you miss one of the recent avocado events? Don’t forget to check out the BPR Library, as presentations, notes and webinar recordings are all available in one handy location! The latest event materials added include:

  • the recording from the Avo Update webinar on supply chain quality with Noel Ainsworth (QDAF) and Adam Goldwater (AHR)
  • all the papers developed for next week’s Avocado Irrigation Summit
  • presentations from the South Queensland regional forum.

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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Fair Farms gets Federal investment. 12/5/2021

This week’s Federal Budget included $3.6 million over four years to extend and fast track the uptake of the Fair Farms program. Read more from Growcom.


Woolworths grant helps rebuild after fire. 11/5/2021

Red Plateau, an organic avocado farm in NSW, has received a Woolworths Organic Growth Fund grant to help with rebuilding after the 2019 fires, and to ensure water security into the future. Read more.


Cryopreservation research paper published. 7/5/2021

A paper by researchers at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation has on the cryopreservation of woody crops, based on work with avocados, has been published. Download the paper at MDPI.


Sterile fruit flies released over Adelaide. 6/5/2021

In total, 90million sterile flies will be released across 10 weeks with flights twice a week over outbreak areas in the Adelaide metropolitan area. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.


GreenSkin launches marketing campaign for Gmax. 6/5/2021

The campaign features an enthusiastic GMax fan who is repeatedly delighted by the perfect predictability of the new avocado brand. Watch the ad at Campaign Brief.


Australian Avocados launches Our Green Gold. 3/4/2021

Comedian Nazeem Hussain is the hero talent for a new campaign promoting Australian-grown avocados. Read more in Produce Plus.


Australian Government announces biosecurity funding. 4/5/2021

The Australian Government has announced a $371 million investment to expand and modernise Australia’s biosecurity system. Read more.


Frank Costa has passed. 2/5/2021

Costa Group is saddened to learn of the passing of Frank Costa AO. Frank was a great Australian who through his leadership and vision helped build the Costa Group into the global leading fresh produce business that it is today. Read the statement from Costa here, and a memorial on the ABC here.


Scam alert from the ATO

There’s a new scam email doing the rounds. The email asks people to update their myGov or myGovID details, via a provided “verification” link. The link goes to a fake myGov logon page designed to steal your personal information, including your passport and driver’s licence details. Read more.


Registrations closing: Queensland ChemClear collection

Dispose of your unwanted or obsolete agvet chemicals in one easy collection. The next Queensland ChemClear will be held in July/August but collections need to be registered by 13 June. Click here for registration, or call Colin Hoey on 0428 964 576 for more information.

 
 

World first avocado packing robot installed. 11/5/2021

Netherlands-based Nature’s Pride says it has installed the first operational avocado packing robot in the world. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Asia Fruit Logistica reschedules to 2022. 11/5/2021

Organisers have made the decision to reschedule the event to 7-9 September 2022. However, for 2021, the Asiafruit Congress will morph into a two-day online event on 28-29 September, but will return to a one-day, in-person event in 2022. Read more in Asiafruit.


East African growers keen on avocados. 3/5/2021

East African and Nigerian avocado farmers are eager to enter the growing avocado export market. Both Nigeria and Uganda aim to drastically increase their avocado production and become top exporters in the next decade. Kenya is already among the global top 10. Read more in FreshPlaza.


New campaign from Peru. 3/5/2021

Peru expects to export more than 9,000 tons of Hass in its 2021 campaign, mostly to North America and Europe. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Planned expansion in the Philippines. 3/5/2021

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) is planning a large-scale expansion in the production of avocado and jackfruit, across potentially 200,000 hectares of upland areas. Read more in FreshPlaza.

 
 
Avocado export round-up
 

Workshop announced: Japan registrations for 2020/21 season

It’s time to start preparing for the 2021/22 export season to Japan. One significant change to the process this year is the introduction of a new online registration system for avocado growers and packers. Avocados Australia and DPIRD are holding a hybrid in-person/Zoom workshop at Manjimup on 1 June, to explain the new system and provide updates on the current Japanese market, registration process and audits. Click here to book your place (in-person numbers are limited) and click here to read more.


Post commencement consultation on ag export legislation

The Australian Government of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE) is holding post commencement consultation, to review the process for development and roll out. The department is holding face-to-face consultation sessions: Hobart (2 June), Melbourne (3 June), Canberra (7 June), Perth (8 June), Adelaide (9 June), Sydney (16 June), and Brisbane (17 June). Please email exportlegislation@agriculture.gov.au to register your interest in attending a session. Online feedback can be made via https://haveyoursay.awe.gov.au/open-consultations.


IFAM briefings for horticulture

Exporters can book into one of four sessions being run by Austrade, to provide updates on the international freight assistance mechanism. Click here for links to register to the events between now and June.


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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.)

 
 
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Avocado tissue culture industry update: Hort Connections

The University of Queensland Professor Neena Mitter and her research team at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation in partnership with the University of Southern Queensland and Central Queensland University, are inviting the avocado community to an industry stakeholder’s information day. Also on 7 June (in the same room as the Avocados Australia afternoon event), this event runs from 8.30am-12.30pm. Click here for the flyer, and click here to RSVP with the team from QAAFI for this morning session.

 

Save the dates for Western Australia

The 2021 Avocado Regional Forums, organised by the extension project team (AV17005) will be held on 22 and 24 June. The forum on 22 June will be at Pemberton, but a location has yet to be set for 24 June.

 

Pest management workshops

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 approximately three hours and include a 45 minute presentation on pest management 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 email Jessica: jessica@ipmtechnologies.com.au.

 

2021

19 May – Special irrigation summit AvoGrow webinar

24 May – Managing avocados with less water, Childers Q

7 Jun – Avo Connections, Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

7 Jun – Avocado tissue culture update, Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

22 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum, WA south

24 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum, WA north

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.