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COVID-19: what’s new

  • NSW is offering a 50% discount on the cost of hotel quarantine for PLS/SWP workers coming into Australia. All seasonal workers approved to quarantine in NSW during the 2020/21 financial year will be eligible, provided the majority of their work is undertaken in NSW. Read more.
  • The NFF is encouraging workers to report wage underpayments, after another union report into piece rates. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.
  • Agriculture Victoria and the Occasional Counsellor are running three webinars for those in the horticulture industry who interact with growers and/or a seasonal workforce, who are not employed in a counselling role but are called upon to give others emotional support. The webinars are on 19 April, 17 May and 3 June. Click here for the AgVic calendar.
 
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Shepard retail quality reports out now

Shepard avocado quality at retail level in March was outstanding, with 98% of Shepard fruit acceptable at retail as per the AV19003 retail quality monitoring results. This is based on samples (33 x 10 fruit) collected at retailers in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. It is important to keep up the excellent quality standards in the weeks ahead. Keen to learn more? Join the special Avocado Update webinar on 12 May (details here) for more on the retail monitoring project.

 
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Riverlands tree crop map updated

The national tree crop map has progressed with the with the Adelaide Hills and Riverlands growing regions in SA now updated, click here. In total, 327ha of avocado has now been recorded in South Australia. The Applied Agricultural Remote Sensing Centre (AARSC) are now progressing the update of the map for Sunraysia, Riverina and Goulburn Valley growing regions, fieldwork is scheduled for later this month. If you see any trees missing, you can update the map by either completing a Land Use Survey (best for mobile) or via the Industry Engagement Web App (best for desktop).

 
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Australian Avocados Our Green Gold campaign

Australian Avocados will launch the Our Green Gold marketing campaign from May. The campaign talks to Aussie pride and the inherent emotional connection people have with avocados. You can learn more about Our Green Gold in the BPR Library, under Marketing Reports. And you can read more about current activities in 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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Check your Hass maturity before you pick!

To ensure consumers have the best eating experience this Hass season and continue to repeat purchase, please ensure your fruit is meeting the industry dry matter minimum standard of 23% for Hass. More information on maturity testing can be found in the Packhouse module of the BPR.


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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Wet weather and avocado trees

Growers in areas impacted by the recent wet weather and flooding are being warned to be alert to the impacts of anthracnose and Phytophthora root rot. After several days of cool, cloudy weather the ability of avocado trees to resist Phytophthora is even lower because they haven’t been able to photosynthesize adequately to build up reserves of carbohydrate to fight against the disease and grow new feeder roots. Read more.


NSW flood damage reports & assistance

Funding of up to $75,000 is available for primary producers in NSW’s flood zone. Click here for the details, and eligibility criteria. Applications close on 31 October. NSW DPI asks any primary producer affected by the floods to fill out the natural disaster damage survey, click here. DPI uses these surveys to determine the scale and severity of the impact and what assistance and resources are required, and where.


Safety first – Elevating Work Platforms

Working with Elevating Work Platforms (EWP) when picking avocados can pose significant health and safety risks to the operator and those around them. Did you know that best practice for an EWP operator involves the use of a ‘travel restraint system’? This is a short lanyard attached to the bucket and to a waist belt worn by the operator. This prevents the operator from getting their feet onto the mid-rail of the bucket and ensures the operator stands on the floor of the bucket only. Find more in the BPR and from Safe Work Australia.


Farm accident at Comboyne. 15/4/2021

An avocado and macadamia grower severely injured in a farm accident in an area hit by flooding rains just days earlier says he owes his life to his neighbour's dog.  Read more from the ABC.


National Fruit Fly Council in May. 15/4/2021

The ongoing battle against fruit fly, which continues to threaten over half of Australia’s $13 billion horticulture sector and the 60,000 people it employs, is to be discussed at a free, online, national three-day forum from 4-6 May. Read more.


NSW: yellow crazy ant control in Lismore. 15/4/2021

A surviving population of yellow crazy ant (YCA) is under surveillance and being treated in Lismore following the positive identification of the invasive pest by NSW Department of Primary Industries. Read more.


Sydney’s Kiss my Hass festival. 14/4/2021

If you're in the camp of people who've chosen avocado over a home loan, then you might as well go all out, right? Well, this autumn, there’s no better way to do that than at Sydney's new eight-week avocado festival, Kiss my Hass. Read more in Concrete Playground.


Woolworths explains avocado chain to customers. 14/4/2021

A curious consumer took to Twitter on the weekend, requesting the retailer divulge how long it takes for avocados to appear in stores after being picked. Read more in Yahoo! News.


Avocado plans for Central Australia. 9/4/2021

Avocados are just one of the crops mooted for a new irrigation development 400km north of Alice Springs. Read more in Stock and Land. However, not everyone is excited about the groundwater extraction plans. Read more in the Guardian Australia.


Xylella hosts incepted at mail centre. 9/4/2021

Biosecurity officers and detector dogs at the Sydney Mail Centre have intercepted two packages with plants that are known hosts of Xylella fastidiosa, Australia’s number one priority plant pest. Read more.


COVID-19 consumer study insights. 8/4/2021

A study into consumer shopping and consumption behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role of Australian horticulture in helping people find health and wellbeing through the benefits of fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, nursery and turf products. Read more at Hort Innovation.


AusPost ban impacts on avo growers. 7/4/2021

More than 13,000 people have already signed an online petition trying to convince Australia Post to abandon it’s move to end the sending of farm produce through its network. Read more in FarmOnline.


The Shepard is misunderstood, says Luke Hines. 4/4/2021

Often the victim of ire and disdain online, the Shepard avocado gets a bad rap for its eternally green appearance and firmer flesh, but it turns out they’re just misunderstood, foodie Luke Hines tells Body+SoulYou can find Luke's latest Shepard recipe links here.


Queensland ChemClear collection dates set

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.

 
 

US: food scientists create avocado tea. 15/4/2021

Making guac in the lab led two food scientists to creating an avocado tea, made from the seeds. “It was figuring out exactly what are the nutrients in the avocado seed, how we can extract them, and to know whether it was safe for human consumption, and how we could potentially manufacture it at scale,” one of the creators said. Read more in Thrillist.


Kenya increases avocado exports. 15/4/2021

Kenyan avocado exports hit 72,000t in 2020, mostly to the European market, with small volumes into China. Read more in Asiafruit.


New Zealand: man hides drugs in avocado pulp. 14/4/2021

A Mexican national was sentenced in the Auckland High Court this week, to 10 years and seven months in prison, for his part in smuggling 113kg of methamphetamine concealed in a shipment of avocado pulp. Read more in The National Tribune.


Guatemalan volcano damages avocado orchards. 12/4/2021

Guatemala’s Pacaya volcano is still showing high levels of activity, with strong eruptions spewing rivers of lava and ash clouds. Avocado and coffee plantations have already been destroyed. Read more in FreshPlaza.


COVID-19: New Zealand short of harvest labour. 7/4/2021

New Zealand’s horticultural growers ae pleading with their government to allow Pacific Island seasonal workers to return later this year. Read more in FreshPlaza.


ALDI Belgium wants more water efficient fruit and veg. 31/3/2021

ALDI plans to impose stricter rules on suppliers regarding water efficiency., starting with its 15 top selling lines in Europe, including avocados from Peru. Read more in FreshPlaza.

 
 
Avocado export round-up
 

Exports reach 1,101t

The latest monthly import/export report (produced via Hort Innovation Avocado Fund projects AV20000 and AV20004), show Australia exported 1,101t of avocados in the eight months to February 2021. This was 64% lower than for the same period in the previous year, due to limitations in both domestic supply and airfreight availability during 2020. Imports for the same period (the eight months to February 2021) were up 73%, mostly from New Zealand. You can find the report in the BPR Library, under Export.


NSW Government Export Assistance Grants

The $10 million NSW Government Export Assistance Grants scheme supports export businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, bushfires, or drought. Reimbursement of 50% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $10,000 per eligible business is available for current or previously exporting businesses enabling access to new or re-entering previous markets. Applications close 30 June 2021 or when program funding is fully allocated. Click here for more information.


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.


Want regular export news?

Sign up for Export Coordinator Joy Tang’s 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.)

 
 

Avocado Update: monitoring quality

Monitoring is one of the key tools helping the Australian avocado industry meet its target of supplying top-quality fruit to consumers. In this special Avocado Update webinar, Noel Ainsworth (QDAF) and Adam Goldwater (AHR) will provide valuable insights into fruit quality and supply chain temperatures, and the retail performance of avocados. This webinar will be held at 10am (AEST) on 12 May. Click here for more information and click here to register online.

 

Enhanced management of phytophthora workshop

Join Associate Professor Liz Dann from QAAFI for a presentation on the latest research on phos acid application for phytophthora management. Dr Geoff Dickinson and Ebony Faichney will also present. This event is being held at the Mareeba United Football Club, from 3.30pm on 21 April. Click here for more information. RSVP via dale.bennett@daf.qld.gov.au or 0436 940 681.

 
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Special avocado event at Hort Connections

Avocados Australia will host a special avocado shoulder event at Hort Connections, on Monday, 7 June. More details will be released soon, for this supply chain-focused event.

 

Northern Australia Food Futures Conference

Avocados Australia members will receive a 10% discount if they want to attend the 2021 Food Futures Conference. The event will be held 17-20 May in Darwin. You can find the full program on the conference website.

 

Save the dates: Tristate & Western Australia

The AV17005 project team has set 5 May in Mildura for the Tristate regional forum. There will also be two regional forums and a wholesaler workshop in Western Australia, in the second half of June. More details will be released soon.

 

2021

21 Apr – Phos Acid Workshop, QDAF, Mareeba Q

5 May – Avocado Regional Forum, Mildura, Tristate

12 May – Avocado Update, quality, webinar

7 Jun – Avocado shoulder event, Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

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

27 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong

28-30 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong


 

2022

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

15-16 Feb – evoke AG, Perth, WA

 
 
 
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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.