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Avocados Australia Guacamole 8 January 2021
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Welcome to 2021

Welcome to 2021 everyone! After the challenges of 2020, we’re all working toward a slightly smoother 2021. This year, Avocados Australia hopes to be part of face-to-face events, and project delivery across industry data, export development and communications.

 

Avocados Australia working from home: Monday

In line with the lockdown announced by the Queensland Government today, your Brisbane-based Avocados Australia staff members will be working from home on Monday. Please contact us by email or mobile on Monday.

 
 
 
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COVID-19: what’s new

  • If you plan to enter any Australian state or territory from the Greater Brisbane area (where a case of the more infectious UK strain of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the community) or travel into the Great Brisbane area, please check requirements carefully, as this is a quickly changing situation.
  • The Greater Brisbane area is on lockdown from 6pm today to 6pm Monday, and several states have already announced they will bring various border restrictions for all of Queensland. Avocados Australia understands essential agriculture and food supply chain workers can travel to and from their workplaces (eg inside zone to outside) but must abide by all other restrictions such as wearing masks. Read more. The new health direction can be found here, and if you have specific questions, email dafcovid19enquiries@daf.qld.gov.au. Read more in the DAF Alert here.
  • National Cabinet today also announced seasonal workers from the Pacific will be exempt from new pre-departure COVID-19 testing for those travelling to Australia.
  • Latest on the border NSW/VIC border: primary producers/staff can apply to enter Victoria from NSW via border permit, click here for details or call 136 186 (note, if you are in a border town, you may not need a permit, conditions apply). Find the Victorian health direction here.
  • The NFF wants the state and federal governments to work together to address labour shortages (read more in Queensland Country Life). The Australian Government has announced changes to allow those on student visas to work additional hours, read more.
 
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Fruit flies found in Tristate

Two Queensland fruit fly outbreaks have been declared in South Australia, at Monash and Renmark. While fruit fly free status has been temporarily suspended across two Suspension Areas as a result, this does not impact on the fruit fly free status for the rest of the Riverland Pest Free Area. Click here for the latest PIRSA media release. Use the link below for information on produce movement out of the area, and check the BPR for identification and management tips.

 
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Fruit fly eradication effort in WA

A Queensland fruit fly has also been found a Coolbellup in WA, and an eradication effort is now underway. A single female fruit fly was captured via the state’s permanent grid of surveillance lure traps in the Perth metropolitan area.

 
Young avocado trees, ready to be planted

HARPS consultation closing soon

Public consultation is now open on the proposed HARPS Standard Version 2.0 due for release in 2021. A summary of proposed changes is available, here. We recommend industry read the proposed updates provide feedback by completing the comments form available here. Deadline is: Friday 15 January 2021.

 
Avocados on the tree

Improving the food safety audit process

The Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s 2025 Innovation Agenda Review on the Audit Process identified two top priorities: risk and culture, and technology. Avocados Australia participated in this process on behalf of industry, during with the need to work with industry to develop a roadmap to the digitation of audits, and on enhancing food safety audits. You can access the presentation slides here.

 
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Driving consumption via social media

Australian Avocados has an “always on” approach to social media. In the current marketing plan, the goal is to drive preference for Australian Avocados through communicating the value of buying local. The various posts on Facebook and Instagram aim to: inspire new avocado occasions; educate Australians on how to choose and use avocados; and highlight the value of buying local. 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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Visit avocado.org.au for our collated COVID-19 resources
 
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Are you making the most 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 avocado.org.au/bpr/.

The BPR provides detailed information across the entire avocado supply chain with sections on: growing, packhouse, transport, wholesale, ripening, retail, workplace health and safety and export. Not to mention the BPR Library which houses a comprehensive collection of research reports, export market reports and so much more.

 
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Get more Australian industry news
 

SA: rural crime spike. 4/1/2020

A spike in crime on rural properties in regional South Australia has police concerned that thieving criminals are targeting isolated and vulnerable locations during the holiday season. Read more from ABC South East SA.


ACCC says not enough competition in ag markets. 31/12/2020

The national competition watchdog says there's not nearly enough fair competition in the agricultural marketplace and new trading laws are badly needed, particularly in the horticulture and chicken meat sectors. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.


New fire recovery resources. 23/12/2020.

Agriculture Victoria has released new bushfire recovery resources, including tips for fruit orchards. Read more.


NSW: horticulture traceability program launched. 22/12/2020

A new pilot program by the NSW Government will use QR codes to connect consumers with fruit growers. While part of a national melon safety program run by NSW DPI, the team is looking for expressions of interest from other horticultural businesses. Read more.


WA: consultation open on soil health plan. 21/12/2020

The draft Western Australian Soil Health Strategy will guide investment, policy direction, research and on-ground actions for the next decade. Key themes are soil health improvements, carbon sequestration and soil governance. Consultation closes 19 March. Read more.

 
Click here for a round up of international avocado news
 

US: new high-density study. 7/1/2021

A new study on the costs and returns of establishing and producing avocados in San Diego County with high-density plantings has been released. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Record rise for Mexican exports. 7/1/2021

Mexico’s avocado exports have tripled in the past decade. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Peru promoting avocado in India. 6/1/2021

Peru is encouraging Indians too to include Peruvian avocados in their daily diet, with 2021 campaigns to create awareness in the market during Peru’s export period. Read more in India's APN News.


Mexico: food service drop dampens demand in US. 6/1/2021

While US consumption has remained steady, the loss of food service in that country has decreased demand for Mexican avocados. Growers are instead looking to increase offerings to the EU. Read more in FreshPlaza. Sales during the northern hemisphere summer in the US were strong, however, with Produce Blue Book reporting increased sales around special occasions, and Americafruit reporting a doubling of consumption between 2014 and 2020.


Chinese market continues to grow. 5/1/2021

Chinese supplier Mr. Avocado says demand for avocados in the Chinese market continues to grow, and the company plans a 2021 national promotional tour. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Demand high for South African avocados. 4/1/2021

Growers in South Africa expect growing demand from the US, EU and Asia will keep prices stable during 2021. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Peru: farmworker blockades may ease. 4/1/2021

While the movement behind the blockade of a key highway in the country seems to be easing, the workers are still demanding better pay and conditions and more deaths have been reported. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


Avocado consumption improves gut health. 21/12/2020

Avocado affects digestive physiology of the intestinal microbiota as well as its composition and metabolic functions, according to a study published in the Journal of Nutrition. Read more in SciNews.

 
 
Your round up of export news that matters
 

New Maximum Residue Limits (MRL) information

Are you interested in exporting to one of Australia’s key international markets? The Best Practice Resource has a host of information, including the November 2020 Maximum Residue Limits table. All fruit you export must be compliant with the MRLs for your target countries, and you must monitor the residue levels in the fruit you are sourcing for export markets to ensure compliance. Please note that each country updates the MRLs from time to time, so it is important for you to seek up-to-date information.


New export market investment. 23/12/2020

The Australian Government is investing $72.7 million to help Australian farming, forestry and fishing exporters to expand and diversify their export markets in 2021 as part of its Agri-Business Expansion Initiative. Read more.


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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 our calendar for more!
 

Avocados Australia office closed Monday

In line with the lockdown announced by the Queensland Government today, your Brisbane-based Avocados Australia staff members will be working from home on Monday. Please contact us by email or mobile.

 

2021

9-12 Mar – FOODEX, Makuhari Messe, Japan

15-16 Mar – Food Agility Summit 2021, virtual event

7-9 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

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

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.