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COVID-19 avocado orchard and packshed guide

Along with collating a list of the available resources and information (click here), Avocados Australia has a specially collated list of resources and information for managing avocado orchards and packsheds during this pandemic. Click here for a rundown of general tips, WHS considerations, staff management, tips on assessing the market, and more. These have been specifically collated with avocado orchards in mind.

 
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COVID-19 and avocados

Well, we are another week into the global pandemic. Here’s what’s happened since our last edition of Guacamole:

  • the Australian Government announced flexible arrangements to allow critical overseas workers already in the country to continue to work in agriculture, click here
  • the National Farmers Federation has released its workplace guide, click here
  • PMA-ANZ released a fresh produce industry guide, click here
  • Safe Food Queensland has released a checklist for reducing the workforce impacts of COVID-19, click here (note, widely applicable)
  • Safe Work Australia has released additional resources, and its suite now includes minimising ag workplace risks, how to keep workers safe, and a workplace safety checklist.

We are continuing to advise all growers to keep in touch with their supply chain partners before picking, to assess the market. Click here for more.

 
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Encouraging at-home consumption

Avocados Australia’s staff and directors have been in more than 30 online, print and broadcast publications this month, encouraging consumers to enjoy their smashed avo at home. In recent weeks this has included items in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Radio National Breakfast, FarmOnline, The Brag, Macquarie National Rural News, FreshPlaza, Press From, The New Daily, Prime 7 on the NSW North Coast, and ABC Overnights (from the 3:37:00 mark).

 
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Keep up to date

We are keeping the Australian News and the International News sections on our website updated as items come to hand. For the wider industry, we will also email important information directly, as needed, and we have compiled a (growing) list of national resources and information (click here). This page provides links to health resources (including workplace posters, and workplace advice from the Department of Health, coronavirus and workplace laws, details of available financial and other assistance at a national level and more. Avocados Australia will be updating this page as information comes to hand. For members, we have a daily blog in the Member Area (log-in needed) and links to state-based resources and information (New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia). Please check the currency of the information and consider all relevant federal and state requirements as well.

 
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We need you to #smashanavoathome!

Ever wanted to direct or star in an avocado video? Well, now is your chance! We need your #smashanavoathome short videos, showcasing your favourite way to prepare (and eat) avocado at home. Australian Avocados is planning a new marketing push to show consumers how they can include avocado in their at-home menus. Click here to find out more! Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
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New video in the BPR!

A new video, produced via the industry extension project (AV17005), has been added to the BPR Library. The Protecting your avocado trees from Phytophthora root rot video demonstrates the steps needed for the effective use of phosphorous acid, as part of an integrated management approach. Watch the video 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.

 
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WA deals with fruit fly outbreak. 17/4/2020.

The Western Australian Government has introduced strong control measures to stop the spread of the destructive pest, Queensland fruit fly, following an outbreak in Dalkeith and surrounds in Perth. Read more.


Prime Minister says at least four more weeks. 16/4/2020.

Behaviour restrictions placed on Australians to control the COVID-19 outbreak would remain for at least the next four weeks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced yesterday. Read more in InQueensland.


Workers’ compensation claims lodged for COVID-19. 16/4/2020.

Dozens of Australians have lodged workers’ compensation claims related to Covid-19, prompting fresh warnings that employers must take heed of their employees’ health and safety during the pandemic. Read more in the Guardian Australia. Meanwhile, EBA rules have also changed, with the notice period reduced from seven days to one. Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.


Import conditions for Chilean avocado released. 15/4/2020.

The Australian Government has released the import conditions for avocados from Chile. You can read the conditions here.


WA considering loosening the rules. 15/4/2020.

In coming weeks, Premier Mark McGowan said he would look at which of the state’s tough restrictions could be softened. However, he says opening interstate borders was unlikely to happen in the near to medium term. Read more in Yahoo News.


CQ: consultant says Paradise Dam can be repaired. 15/4/2020

Queensland’s faulty Paradise Dam could be repaired and returned to its full storage capacity for a fraction of the $700m cost being considered by the Queensland Government, the commission of inquiry into the dam’s construction has been told. Read more.


Supermarket demand could expand to premium products 14/4/2020.

As families balance savings from entertainment, eating out and food service, and factor in government stimulus package funds, the supercharged supermarket demand should extend to higher-cost supermarket items, analysts believe. Read more in The Land.


Fall army worm: AVPMA issues emergency use permit. 14/4/2020.

The AVPMA has issued an emergency permit for Methomyl for fall army worm. To view the permit, search for PER89293 here. (The permit may not have been loaded to the site yet.)


Farms taking steps to protect local communities. 13/4/2020.

COVID-19 restrictions and risks of shutdown in the event of an infection are a challenge for horticulturalists whose businesses rely on itinerant and seasonal labour, and farms are taking human biosecurity seriously. Read more from the ABC here and here.


Marketing released for Maluma. 9/4/2020.

While the Australian avocado season has traditionally been dominated by two varieties - Hass and Shepard - an Australian company is hoping to grow their new Viavi brand with small volumes now on the market. Read more in FreshPlaza.


WA: avocado production expanding. 7/4/2020.

Western Australia land asset developer, manager and investor, Alterra, has secured a 300ha avocado project, set to be based in the Pemberton region, in the state’s south-west. Read more in Asiafruit.


Q: New Reef regulations postponed. 6/4/2020.

The Queensland Government has postponed the implementation of the new horticulture activities requirements until June 2021. Consultation on the draft standard conditions will recommence later in 2020. Read more.


New integrated pest management project needs feedback

Researchers from a new Hort Innovation Avocado Fund project, the Review and extension of avocado pests and their management (AV19001) need to hear from you to help assess the current approaches being used for managing insects and mites. This information will be used to identify areas in need of further research and extension investment and areas which don’t. Click here to take the survey.


 
Click here for a round up of international avocado news
 

Kiwis urged to eat more avo. 16/4/2020.

With cafes and restaurants closed, New Zealand has a surplus of avocados for retail consumers. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Mexico intends to maintain supplies. 9/4/2020.

“Our priority is not to cut the food supply. We won’t let this health crisis become a food crisis, which is completely avoidable,” APEAM says. Read more in Asiafruit.

 
 
Your round up of export news that matters
 

Register your airfreight interest

The Australian Government is supporting air freight to key markets in China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UAE from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Read the release and click here for the factsheet. Avocado industry exporters keen to reach these markets should visit the webpage (click here) to register their interest, as this is key to determining final routes and timing.


Financial support for exporters

Australian exporters impacted by the COVID-19 crisis will now have access to business-saving loans between $250,000 and $50 million under a new $500 million capital facility to be administered by Export Finance Australia. Read more.


Peru’s exports rise in first quarter 2020. 4/4/2020.

During the first quarter of 2020, avocado exports reached 36,412 tons, exceeding the export volume compared to the last two seasons. Peru’s main exports go to the US and Europe, but they have been expanding into China, Japan, Thailand and now South Korea. Read more from SENASA (translate function required). However, FreshPlaza reports some regions are now experiencing issues getting avocados into the market, because of border closures.


Are you registered to export to Japan in the coming season?

In preparation for the next export season for Japan, Avocados Australia has started a list of accredited packhouses on its website. This list sits on a page providing specific seasonal and access information for Japanese exporters. You can see it by clicking here. This page is part of the Global section on our website, providing resources for the industry’s international customers. If you are an accredited packhouse and would like to be included, email export@avocado.org.au.


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CNSW Regional Forum - attend online

The Central New South Wales Regional Forum has been rescheduled for 29 April, and will have an exciting new online format. RSVP as per normal to Amanda (admin2@avocado.org.au), and we’ll let you know how to log in closer to the date. The agenda for this 45 minute Zoom session is now set, with an update on the current COVID-19 situation and the latest information on fruitspotting bug management.

 

2020

29 Apr – GOING ONLINE - Avocado Regional Forum, CNSW (new date!)

12 May – Avocado Marketing SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q

13 May – Avocado R&D SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q

15 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Singapore

16-18 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Singapore

 

2021

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

 
 
 
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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.