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Avocados Australia Guacamole 28 May 2021
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Avo Connections is sold out!
 

Special avocado event: Hort Connections

Our special Avocados Australia shoulder event at Hort Connections has been fully booked! Avo Connections will take place on 7 June 2021 from 12.30pm (prior to Hort Connections) at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre. However, given the current emerging situation with COVID-19, it is possible some tickets will become available, so please add your name to the wait list.

 

COVID-19: what’s new

Here’s the latest from this fortnight.

  • Hort Connections is going ahead (as of today), but the organising team is monitoring the situation in Victoria.
  • If you are planning to travel into Victoria, please check the current border restrictions of the state you are travelling to (including if they will let you back in afterwards). Check under “Border Control” on Farmhub here.
  • New worker accommodation is being built in the Sunraysia, via state government grants. Read more in The Land.
  • And don’t forget, Avocados Australia has compiled hints, tips and resources for staying safe in the packshed and orchard. Click here.
 
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Australian Avocados’ consumption push

Homegrown Hass avocados have had a superb growing season, with an estimated 127 million Aussie Hass avos expected to hit our supermarket shelves in the next three months alone. And consumers are being told that’s just the beginning, with the excellent quality avocados offering excellent value.

 
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Increased marketing activity

Avocados Australia has been working with Hort Innovation to plan increased marketing activities in response to current market conditions. The marketing SIAP has agreed to an upweighted marketing plan to amplify activities of the existing marketing campaign. This will see additional marketing across TV, social and digital media, out-of-home and radio over the June to September period to drive increased demand. There will also be the addition of cinema advertising to coincide with school holidays in major states and a strong TV presence on channel 7 during Olympics coverage in July. 

 
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Quality is top priority!

There is no market for poor quality fruit, please follow best practice to ensure the industry is meeting consumer expectations and we can continue to drive demand. It is also very important to maintain regular and open communication with your supply partners on market dynamics. The Infocado system has been designed to support a stable market and is available free for industry.  Also, the Best Practice Resource contains lots of free information to help industry produce and supply high quality avocados. Contact us to register!

 
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Reviewing supply chain quality

The AV18000 project team met with WA growers involved in the supply chain quality monitoring project to discuss supply chain conditions and resultant fruit quality for the region’s last season. AV18000 monitoring confirmed that supply chain temperature management was quite good, sticking close to the planned 5˚C for most of the journey and in storage. This combined with good pre and post-harvest fungicide management along with effective canopy management resulted in acceptable fruit quality in over 90% of the fruit.

 
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Irrigation Summit resources online

Did you miss our special AvoGrow webinar with Avocado Irrigation Summit special presenter Udi Gafni from Israel? The webinar recording and Summit resources are all available online here. The Summit brought together experienced avocado growers, agronomists and irrigation consultants to review current practices, share experiences, examine global advances, identify knowledge gaps, propose changes and develop best practice adoption strategies.

 
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CQ water workshop success

Avocados Australia’s special workshop for Central Queensland growers was held on 24 May in Childers. Almost 50 growers and industry members heard 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.

 
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CLOSING: Have your say on levy investment

Hort Innovation is gathering feedback on a new avocado strategic investment plan (SIP). The draft SIP is available at horticulture.com.au, along with an online feedback form. The feedback period closes on Friday, 4 June 2021. For more information, contact the avocado Industry Strategic Partner Georgia Sheil (contact details here).

 
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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 presentations from the Tristate regional forum
  • the recording from the Avo Update webinar on supply chain quality
  • all the papers from the Avocado Irrigation Summit, and click here to view the recording from keynote speaker Udi Gafni, Israel
  • 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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Nazeem Hussain talks Our Green Gold. 27/5/2021

During his interview with Laurel, Gary & Mark on 4KQ, Nazeem revealed the surprising way Australian Avocados are helping support local bowls clubs. Listen to the interview here.


Bees suffering from drought, fires and floods
. 20/5/2021

Australia has avoided the dreaded bee colony collapse, usually caused by the varroa mite, through its isolation from other countries and strong biosecurity system, but bushfires, droughts and floods are impacting on the pollinator. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.


SA: regional growth grants open. 19/5/2021

Applications are now open for the fourth round of South Australia’s Regional Growth Fund for grants between $50,000 up to $2 million for activities that help drive economic growth and strengthen communities. Applications close noon on 12 July. Read more.


Celebrating world bee day. 19/5/2021

Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) Chair Trevor Weatherhead says bees will have an important role to play in agriculture reaching its goal of $100 billion farmgate value by 2030. Read more in Kids News.


Aussie supermarkets back pact to eliminate plastic waste. 18/5/2021

The new pact commits partners to four 2025 targets: eliminate unnecessary and problematic plastic packaging; ensure 100% of plastic packaging is recyclable, reusable or compostable; increase the current volume of plastic packaging and effectively recycled by at least 25%; and ensure an average of 25% recycled content in plastic packaging across the APAC region. Read more in Inside Retail.


Call for national fruit fly strategy commitment. 17/5/2021

National Fruit Fly Symposium attendees are calling for a commitment to a national strategy. Read more.


Queensland ChemClear: funding for up to 50% costs

Additional funding from the Queensland Government means ChemClear can now cover up to 50% in funding to reduce the cost of removing Group 2 chemicals. 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.

 
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Colombia’s first shipment to South Korea. 27/5/2021

On May 17, Colombia sent its first shipment of Hass avocado to South Korea's capital after the Asian country approved the entry of this Colombian product. Read more in Fresh Plaza here and here.


Kenya: new deepwater port will help exports. 20/5/2021

The head of Kenyan avocado exporter Kakuzi, which is already using the port, says it will “benefit Kenyan producers immensely”. Read more in MSN.


US avo consumption on the rise. 18/5/2021

It looks like the US is on track to overtake Australia as the top per capita consumer of avocados in the English-speaking world. Shocking news from FreshPlaza.


Temporary shortage in Chinese market. 17/5/2021

There is a temporary shortage in the Chinese avocado market because the supply from Peru is delayed. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Chilean fruit exports increase. 17/5/2021

Avocados make up 3.9% of Chile’s fruit exports. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Guatemala eyes new markets. 17/5/2021

The country’s industry is hoping to secure phytosanitary protocols to access the US market, and then pursue key Asian markets including Japan. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


South Africa: high potential for next year’s crop. 14/5/2021

Good summer rains bode well for the 2022 crop, says The Fruit Farm Group South Africa. The company is also searching for a variety that does not result in alternate bearing. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Avocado compound may offer leukaemia treatment. 29/4/2021

A compound in avocados may ultimately offer a route to better leukaemia treatment, says a new University of Guelph study, as it targets an enzyme that scientists have identified for the first time as being critical to cancer cell growth. Read more.

 
 
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Japan workshop on Tuesday: Western Australia

Avocados Australia and DPIRD are holding a hybrid in-person/Zoom workshop at Manjimup on 1 June, to explain the new online registration system and provide updates on the current Japanese market, registration process and audits. Click here to read more.


WA export pathway program

Western Australian agribusinesses looking to export for the first time, or who are early stage exporters, are encouraged to apply for a new program to help build knowledge and capability. Applications close on 14 June. Read more.


WA declared free of fruit fly. 21/5/2021

Western Australia has been declared free of Queensland fruit fly (Qfly) after a successful 15-month campaign to eradicate the destructive pest from the Perth metropolitan area. Read more.


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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.

 

Western Australia wholesale workshop

West Australian wholesalers and ripeners are invited to this free Avocado Wholesale Workshop where we’ll cover the latest on supply chain fruit quality from packhouse to retail and industry trends specific to wholesalers. The event, at the MarketWest boardroom at the Canning Vale Markets, will be held on the 25 June at 8:30am-10:30am (AWST). You can find more details here. RSVP today to secure your seat! Book your seat here!

 

Pest management workshops

How to get the best use out of the currently available control options. 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 about two hours and include a presentation on pest management options 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 contact Jessica by at jessica@ipmtechnologies.com.au or phone: 0408 308 809.

 

2021

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

25 Jun – Avocado Wholesale Workshop, Perth

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.