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COVID-19: what’s new

  • The steady news continues this fortnight (fingers crossed), after the little hiccup with South Australia, and the main focus remains labour concerns. Work continues across hort, via the NFF Hort Council and others, to push for a range of solutions to alleviate the labour shortages. As a first step, make sure you list your vacancies on the Harvest Trail.
  • On that, there’s a new player in the space encouraging young Australians to take an agricultural gap year. Read more about Go and Pick.
  • Queensland borders will open to all of New South Wales and Victoria from Tuesday, 1 December 2020. Details will be here.
  • NSW opened the border with Victoria on 23 November but restrictions remain for South Australia, only those with exemptions can travel from South Australia to Western Australia, but South Australian will open its Victorian border on 1 December.
  • And those working in the orchard in Victoria, good news, you don’t have to wear a mask outside, if you can stay 1.5m from other people. Read more.
 
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Final chance! Industry event survey closing

The project responsible for developing and delivering avocado industry development and extension activities/information is undergoing a mid-term review by independent consultants Coutts J&R. Feedback about activities you’ve attended and information you’ve received is really important to help guide future directions. The survey can be anonymous and should take less than five minutes. The survey closes Sunday.

 
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Did you miss our latest webinars?

Good news! Videos, presentations and handouts from the online events held so far this year (including this week’s soil health, and orchard mapping presentations) are available in your industry BPR. Topics covered so far include fruit spotting bugs, weed management, flowering, irrigation, and nutrition.

 
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Keep up the communication

As the silly season approaches, it is important to maintain regular communication with supply chain partners and ensure Infocado forecasts are updated weekly. Consumer research, available under Marketing Reports in the BPR Library, illustrates that consumers become very price sensitive when price exceeds $3, and we risk a drop in consumption of Australian avocados. With current competition from imported avocados, we need to ensure our supply chain is working collaboratively to position Australian Avocados as the best value avocado for consumers this season.

 
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WA fruit quality at retail gets a tick

Western Australian fruit quality exceeded the industry target  of at least 90% acceptable fruit for the second month in a row according to October avocado retail quality insights on the industry’s new retail dashboard, created in the Best Practice Resource, as a result of the Avocado Retail Quality Monitoring project (AV19003). These insights into the performance of the industry and retailers will be updated on a monthly basis. Insights that track the quality over time for the main varieties (Hass and Shepard) will also be available.

 
Perth's Avo House is getting some Insta love

Avocado art in Perth

Okay, we know it’s not about the season, pricing or the weather but it’s definitely avo-themed. A doctor in Perth has had bright avocado murals painted on his house, in an effort to “bring joy” in a tough year. Check out the Avo House here. The first grower to send us (or tag us in on) a selfie gets an Avocados Australia cap! (Our Facebook is @AvocadosAustralia and our Twitter is @AvocadosAu, or you can email co@avocado.org.au.)

 
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Avos, now making beer better

Aussie Avocados make everything better, even beer! This PR campaign joins two Aussie icons: avos and beer for the ultimate summer pairing in partnership with craft beer legends Grassy Knoll Brewing. It’s a refreshing full-bodied cream ale brewed with fresh Australian Avocados and best served cold alongside one of the many avocado recipes. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
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New spotting bug poster!

The team from the industry’s extension project (AV17005), have produced a new spotting bug poster. The poster provides information on damage, lifecycle, identification, monitoring, control and more. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the poster, please email Bridie.Carr@daf.qld.gov.au and provide your name and number of copies you’d like, so the team can set print numbers. You can preview the poster by clicking here (note, this is a 13MB file), and links to the mentioned resources will soon be added to the BPR Growing section. It is anticipated the posters will be made available from central pick-up points in relevant regions.


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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Fruit fly permit extended

PER12450, for the control of Queensland and Mediterranean fruit fly, has been extended until November 2025. If you search via the number at https://portal.apvma.gov.au/permits you will be able to download the permit.

New Hort Innovation chair. 27/11/2020.
At the virtual Hort Innovation 2020 Annual General Meeting today, three new Directors were elected: Tom Kelly, Michael Nixon and Victoria Taylor. Directly following the AGM, the newly constituted Board met to appoint the organisation's new Chair (Julie Bird) and Deputy Chair (Paul Harker). Read more.


Prepare for bushfire season. 26/11/2020.

According to the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook: December 2020-February 2020, crop and grass fires are an area of concern this summer, with above normal fire potential in parts of south-west Western Australia and much of New South Wales. Read more.


Growers welcome ethical sourcing reports. 26/11/2020.

Growcom CEO Stephen Barnard says the release of the major supermarkets’ first annual ethical sourcing reports are important for recognising growers who do their due diligence and do the right thing. “The detrimental impacts of poor employment practices are a risk everyone along the supply chain is acutely aware of and actively managing,” Mr Barnard said. Read more.


Industry continues to grow. 25/11/2020.

Australia’s avocado industry continues to grow with the latest data released by Avocados Australia showing production increased 2% to 87,546 tonnes over the 12 months to 30 June 2020 (2019/20). Read more in Asiafruit.


Latest from Freshcare. 24/11/2020.

Freshcare has released FSQ4.2, with a six month transition period. Freshcare has also noted its ongoing commitment to helping businesses maintain their Freshcare Certification during the pandemic. Read the full articles here.


Look out for scammers. 24/11/2020.

Received an invoice from a trusted contractor who’s changed their bank details? Pick up the phone and double check. Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams cost Australians more than $130 million last year. Read more in the ABC.


Minimum wage Increases. 23/11/2020.

Earlier this year the Fair Work Commission announced a 1.75% increase to minimum wages, with the new rates coming into effect in three stages for different groups of Awards. The increase in the second group of Awards, which includes the Horticulture Award 2020, started from the first full pay period on or after 1 November.


NT: government urged to reject water licence. 22/11/2020.

A private agribusiness is seeking to use more than 40,000 megalitres of water each year in arid central Australia to irrigate what it says will be one of the country’s biggest fruit and vegetable operations. Read more from MSN.


Costa appoints new chief executive. 16/11/2020.

Sean Hallahan will become Costa Group’s new chief executive in March 2021. Hallahan, the company’s current chief operating officer, will take over from the retiring Harry Debney. Read more in Produce Plus.

 
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New chair for NZAGA. 26/11/2020.
Linda Flegg has been appointed chair of the New Zealand Avocado Growers' Association, and cites environment and sustainability as offering both challenges and opportunities. Read more in Produce Plus.

New Zealand horticulture’s labour concerns. 26/11/2020.

Pacific Island workers will be flown into New South Wales to help pick fruit while New Zealand growers continue to grapple with a severe labour shortage. Read more in Stuff.


Avocado popularity linked to health trends. 26/11/2020.

The popularity of avocados is inextricably linked with a general trend of people looking to adopt healthier lifestyles, especially during the lockdown, the World Avocado Organization’s Xavier Equihua told UK’s New Food.


Colombia: cocaine found in EU shipments. 23/11/2020.

The country’s police seized 1.5 tons of cocaine hidden in avocados destined for export from the port city of Buenaventura. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Chilean Hass debuts in South Korea. 16/11/2020.

Less than two months after South Korea opened its market to Chilean Hass avocados, fruit has already reached the shelves in Seoul. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Peruvian exports could grow 10%. 16/11/2020.

In the 2021 season, Peruvian Hass avocado exports could increase by 10% in volume over the 360,000 tons shipped this year, according to Prohass. Read more in FreshPlaza.

 
 
Your round up of export news that matters
 

Australian exports decrease in September

By September 2020, 666 tonnes of Australian avocados worth A$5.91m were exported. The result was 56% lower than last year, however, unit values were 66% higher at $8.87 and has meant the overall value decreased by 27% for the first three months of the 2020/21 year. The MAT (Moving Annual Total) was 3,194 tonnes, which has fallen from 4,051 tonnes in June 2020. You can find the reports in the BPR Library, under Exports.


Global avocado import market: 2020

The latest global analysis of the world’s avocado import markets is now available in the in the BPR Library, under Exports. In 2019, the global avocado trade reach 2.6 million tonnes, and was worth more than $8 billion. This report provides information (relevant to 2019, with some content from the first half of 2020) for a range of importing countries, including Australia’s customers.


Avocado’s global producers and suppliers

The 2020 report into the global avocado producers and market suppliers has been published in the BPR Library, under Exports. It will come as no surprise that Mexico remains the world’s top producer. Peru was the third largest producer, the second largest global exporter and the largest exporter in the Southern Hemisphere.


Traceability grants open

The Australian Government is encouraging applications from farming groups, research organisations and other eligible industry bodies for grants to support projects that enhance traceability in the agricultural produce supply chain. Read more.


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WA Phytophthora and phosphite workshop

The AV16007 project team is holding a mixed in person/virtual update on their work with the use of phosphite treatments for Phytophthora on 1 December. The session also includes an update on six spotted mite and future Phytophthora management. Contact Declan McCauley (Declan.McCauley@dpird.wa.gov.au) for more information and to RSVP (to get the webinar link), and find the full agenda here.

 

NQ health management plan & labour sessions

North Queensland growers preparing for the 2021 season can get some help with preparing their Health Management Plans (necessary if you employ seasonal labour) and an update on labour issues at a series of drop in sessions on 7 and 9 December. Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network FNQ Manager Leanne Kruss will be in Dimbulah, Mutchilba and Mareeba on 7 December, and Tolga, Kairi and Atherton on 9 December. Full details here. Contact Leanne for more information: 0431 743 633 or leannefnqagriculture@gmail.com (text/email often best contact methods).

 

2020

1 Dec – WA Phytophthora and phosphite workshop, online/Manjimup

7 Dec – NQ QAWN labour drop in sessions, various locations

9 Dec – NQ QAWN labour drop in sessions, various locations
21 Dec-1 Jan – Avocados Australia office closed

 

2021

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

21-23 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast Q

4-5 Aug – Fruit Growers Victoria Conference, Shepparton & Ardmona V

 
 
 
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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.