Avocados Australia Guacamole 3 May 2019

Welcome to the latest edition of the Guacamole newsletter. Get all the latest avocado industry news at your fingertips every fortnight.


Bookings open for California tour!

You can now secure your spot for the Australian industry’s World Avocado Congress pre-tour of Californian growing areas from 17-19 September. Avocados Australia and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have joined forces with Pulse Travel to develop a cost-effective package for participants. Indicative prices (based on 25 participants and a 0.63c exchange rate) are: twin share AU$1335 (US$841.65), and single AU$1625 (US$1023.75). Interested parties need to pay a $1,000 deposit with Pulse before 31 May to book their spot. Contact Pulse on 07 3004 6666 or groups@pulsetravel.com.au.

Photo by Steven Diaz on Unsplash - https://unsplash.com/photos/9lqOuSQhNCM

Interested in the Japanese market?

Avocados Australia is calling for expressions of interest from packhouses and growers considering exporting Hass avocados to Japan this year. This is to assist the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources with setting up the necessary audit/registration process. If you are in a recognised Queensland fruit fly free area, and interested in exporting, contact Export Coordinator Joy Tang at export@avocado.org.au or call 07 3846 6566 by 17 May.

Guac_avo stockshot 2 135x150

Riverland quarantine lifted

Fruit fly quarantine restrictions were lifted in the Riverland on 30 April. With the lifting of quarantine restrictions for Loxton, access to domestic markets will resume from the area without requiring expensive additional treatment. However, both levels of government are still working through the access process for international markets.

Australian Avocados

Hass is back

Keep an eye out on the Australian Avocados social media, including Facebook and Instagram, as the marketing team talks to our consumers about the return of Hass. The industry's marketing is managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

What's new in the Best Practice Resource?
Best Practice Resource

Can't remember your BPR password?

We’ve made it easy to re-set your password to the BPR, so you can access all the great resources collated for the Australian avocado industry. Simply go to the log in page and click Lost/Change Password. You will be emailed a reset link, and you can then choose your own password. Alternatively, if you are already logged in, you will now find a “change password” link under the “logout” tab on the top right.
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/. 

Search the Avocado Directory!

Childers Q: Costa boost packing capacity. 30/4/19.

Costa said prior to the expansion, they had to send up to 200,000 trays out of the region for packing each season.

Victoria’s labour hire licensing scheme now live. 29/4/19.

To obtain a licence, providers will be required to pass a “fit and proper person test” and show compliance with workplace laws, labour hire laws and minimum accommodation standards, as well as report annually on their activities.


Kenya-China avocado deal signed. 29/4/19.

Access has been limited to frozen avocado, with clearance still being sought for green fruit.

NZ: plantings continue to increase. 28/4/19.

NZ Avocado chief executive Jen Scoular said the industry had 3,800 productive hectares, with another 1,000ha planted in the last three years.

NZ: fruit fly trapping reintroduced. 26/4/19.

A single male Queensland fruit fly has been trapped in New Zealand’s port city of Auckland, and control measures reintroduced.

Tanzania chases Chinese market. 22/4/19.

The government of Tanzania has started the access process with China, starting with declaring existing quarantine pests.

US: Mission Produce rebrands for world. 22/4/19.

The company has a new website promoting its avocado supply and ripening network. The website, https://worldsfinestavocados.com, highlights Mission’s international reach, infrastructure, distribution and customer service.

China: drones replacing pollinators. 21/4/19.

Mass application of drones for artificial pollination is helping fruit farmers in north-west China take advantage of a full-blossom period for pears.


Soil health focus for Central NSW Regional Forum

Dr Nerida Donovan from NSW DPI will talk about how understanding your soil health can lead to improvements in orchard productivity and fruit quality. Growers are asked to bring a sample of topsoil (approximately 1 cup – not mulch) from their own orchards for the practical session. The soil sample should be packaged and labelled clearly in a ziplock sandwich bag please. This event, at the Stuarts Point Community Hall on 15 May, is the first Regional Forum as part of the new Hort Innovation Avocado Fund extension project. Events are being planned across the country and we’ll provide regular updates in the Guacamole. All industry members are welcome to attend any event.
More about the Central NSW event here….


Mulch tour in Central NSW

Interested Central NSW growers are invited to a tour of the Australian Native Landscapes demonstration tour of their compost and mulching facility on Monday, 13 May, at 3pm. The tour will be followed by a presentation about the organic matter products that they produce and how they can be used in orchards to improve productivity. The ANL facility is located at 12 Pindimar Road Tea Gardens. More information: Scott Crompton, 0477 511 566.


Save the dates!

Two Regional Forums will be held in Western Australia next month, one in the Manjimup/Pemberton area on 4 June and one in the Perth area on 6 June. More details soon!



15 May – Avocado Regional Forum, CNSW (QDAF)

4 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum, WA (QDAF, Avocados Australia, DPIRD)

6 Jun – Avocado Regional Forum, WA (QDAF, Avocados Australia, DPIRD)

18 Jun – HARPS training, Melbourne V
19 Jun – HARPS training, Sydney NSW
20 Jun – HARPS training, Brisbane Q
24-26 Jun – Hort Connections, Melbourne V
31 Jul-2 Aug – Horticulture Conference, Waikato, New Zealand
3 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, Hong Kong 
4-6 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, Hong Kong 
17-19 Spt – Australian industry WAC pre-tour, California
23-27 Spt – IX World Avocado Congress, Colombia
11-13 Nov – TropAg2019, Brisbane Q 

Horticulture Innovation Australia
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.