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Australian Bushfires Rapid Response Map

High-tech map allows for disaster assessment

Scientists have released a map that shows avocado, mango, olive, banana, macadamia and citrus orchards that have been impacted, to help with response and recovery efforts. This has been possible due to the project undertaken a few years ago to map all avocado orchards. The map reveals that avocado, mango, olive, banana, macadamia and citrus orchards have suffered minimal fire damage this season, with the bulk of farms unscathed. Click here to view the map.

 
Fire resources for the horticultural industry

Fire assistance available

There are a range of resources available online for growers. Click here for the Hort Innovation fire information page, click here for the Growcom horticultural natural disaster toolkit (includes national resources), and the Australian Government has announced grants for fire affected farmers and boost funding for rural financial counsellors (click here).

 
Regional Forums in 2020 - check the calendar

RSVPs due soon for extension events

The first of the 2020 extension events have been set: South Queensland (Blackbutt) on 11 February and Sunshine Coast (Bellthorpe) on 26 February. The focus at these Regional Forums is on managing in dry times and soil nutrition.

 
Take the survey!

Avocado pest survey to guide R&D

A Hort Innovation survey will help researchers identify diseases, insects pests and weeds of major concern, as part of the Strategic Agrichemical Review Process (SARP). Industries being reviewed in 2020 include avocado, and available registered or permitted pesticides will be evaluated to identify possible solutions.

 
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Australian Avocados

Avocados make everything better

Capitalising on the recent nutrition work (see more of the nutrition information available for health professionals by clicking here), the Australian Avocados activity on social media has been sharing the health benefits of avocados. This has included a recent Facebook post on the benefits of avocados for mums and bubs (they’re a good source of folate, B vitamins and healthy fats) and Instagram content about nutrients and healthy fibre. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
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Log into the BPR

Irrigation and avocados

Water stress at critical times in the development of the crop can dramatically affect fruit yield, size and quality for avocados. Have you checked out the irrigation information in the BPR’s Growing section lately? As well as information on the technical aspects of irrigation, this section also covers managing with limited water, and factors affecting water demand and availability.

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/best-practice-resource/.

 
Avocados Australia administers ANVAS so growers have access to healthy avocado trees
 
Are you receiving all your industry information? Click here to check!
 
Click here to see a summary of current Australian avocado industry news
 

AFPA wants better market access process. 17/1/20.

The Australian Fresh Produce Alliance says competitor countries seemed to be securing market access much faster than Australia. Read more in Fruitnet.


Bee industry reeling after fires. 17/1/20.

About 2,000 hives have been reported lost in South Australia. The industry says with the drought and fire losses, there would be a huge impact on the pollination of crops across a variety of industries. Read more in Stock Journal.


Drought loans available for farm-dependent small business. 17/1/20.

The Australian Government has announced Regional Investment Corporation loans for small businesses that supply primary production related goods or services, in drought declared areas. The loans (up to $500,000) are interest free for two years. Read more.


Consumers worried about prices. 14/1/20.

Some Australian cafes have been introducing a surcharge or cutting avocado from their menu, as prices increased this month. Read more in the Daily Telegraph.

 
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Click here for a round up of all the latest international avocado news
 

Israeli company buys Colombian avo exporter. 23/1/20.

Israel’s Managro has bought 100% of Pacific Fruits, one of Colombia’s biggest avocado exporters with markets in Japan and Argentina. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

US: HAB releases new category tool. 23/1/20.
The Hass Avocado Board has released a new Avocado Category Market Development Tool designed to help retailers and industry stakeholders identify, quantify and prioritise potential market-level opportunities for 45 markets. Read more here.

Rise of the avocado in China. 23/1/20.
Dutch company FruitMax says demand is growing, and while the current market is small, it is growing. Read more in FreshPlaza.


US: Molly Ringwald promotes avocados. 22/1/20.

Avocados from Mexico has released a teaser for its 2020 Super Bowl advertisement. Read more in Fruitnet and click here to watch the teaser.


China plans to phase out single-use plastic. 21/1/20.

Under the plan, plastic bags will be banned in major cities by 2020 and smaller cities and towns by 2022. Markets selling fresh produce will have until 2025 to phase out bags and the plan includes plastic takeaway items and courier packages. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Mission buys into South Africa. 21/1/20.

US-based Mission Produce has announced it’s establishing operations in South Africa, in partnership with ZZ2 and Core Fruit. They aim to export fruit to markets in Asia, Europe and the US. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


South Africa: Westfalia sells stake in business. 19/1/20.

A Boston-based company has bought a minority stake in Westfalia Fruit, providing specialist capital for funding investments with natural resource investors. Read more in Produce Business UK.


New Zealand could be in for dry weather. 14/1/20.

Avocado industry group Avoco spokesperson Steve Trickett says there's a reasonable crop load at the moment and growers were fairly relaxed despite forecasts showing the top three-quarters of New Zealand had dried out in recent weeks. Read more in SunLive.

 
 
A summary of all the latest export news
 

Keen to attend Foodex in Japan?

Avocados Australia is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from two Australian avocado industry members involved in avocado exports to attend Foodex Japan 2020. The role of the successful candidates is to attend the trade show on behalf of the avocado industry, but representing their own business. The main objectives are to: support the export development of the Australian avocado industry; help to build awareness of Australian avocados in Japan; capture market intelligence and trade insights. Click here for more information.


US/China trade deal includes avos. 16/1/20.

While some commentators question how much of an opportunity it is, Californian producers will soon have a protocol to export Hass avocados to China. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

Extended consultation on export certification cost recovery. 13/1/20.

The public consultation period for the draft Plant Export Cost Recovery Implementation Statement (CRIS) has been extended until 31 January 2020. Click here to have your say on the draft CRIS.


Peru plans to increase exports. 10/1/19.

ProHass says the country will exceed the 285,000 tons exported in 2019, due in part to the increasing productivity of young orchards. Read more in FreshPlaza.

 
 
 

Have news to share?

Have you recently read a story of interest to your fellow avocado industry members? Email our Communications Manager. Please note, suggested content will be selected for use based on our editorial standards.

 
Check your diaries!
 

AvoSkills 2020 – Pemberton WA

Are you new to the avocado industry? Expressions of interest are now open for the 2020 AvoSkills workshop on 10-11 March. This event will be held in Pemberton, Western Australia and will cover the “A” to the “O” of growing avocados in Australia. This practical, fun, hands-on workshop tackles the essentials of growing good quality fruit, and is tailored toward new growers, re-sellers, farm supervisors and farm managers. Places are strictly limited to 40 participants. Click here for details. Register your interest by 17 February to Bridie Carr on 0436 675 740 or bridie.carr@daf.qld.gov.au.

 

Native bee workshop: Alstonville, NSW

Join native bee specialists for a free field day near Alstonville, including lunch, farm walk and presentations on the benefits of native bees for pollination in avocado orchards on 5 March. This event is part of the Stingless bees as effective managed pollinators for Australian horticulture (PH16000) project lead by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University and funded by Hort Innovation. The day includes presentations, Q&A opportunities, a farm walk, insect hunts and a demonstration of native bee management. Presenters include local grower and stingless bee keeper Mike Hogan (Miloudamat Avocados), Dr Megan Halcroft (Bees Business) and a hive of researchers. Places are limited and bookings essential, click here.

 

2020

11 Feb – Avocado Regional Forum, Blackbutt Q
26 Feb – Avocado Regional Forum, Bellthorpe Q
5 Mar – Native bee pollination day, Alstonville NSW

10-11 Mar – AvoSkills workshop, Pemberton WA

12 Mar – Avocado Regional Forum, Pemberton WA

10-13 Mar – Foodex Japan 2020, Makuhari Messe, Chiba
15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q
21-24 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

15 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Singapore (new venue & date)
16-18 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Singapore (new venue & date)

 
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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.