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Avocados Australia Guacamole 13 October 2017

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


Tea red spider mite treatment permit extended

The APVMA has extended the use of Abamectin until 31 October 2020. The permit, held by Avocados Australia, allows Abamectin to be used for tea red spider mite. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas says this permit is important for the industry to help manage mites which can cause significant damage to trees if not effectively controlled. More information about tea red spider mite can be found in the Best Practice Resource in the Grower section.


Reporting unexpected reactions

If you have an adverse experience as the result of using any pesticide according to label (or permit) directions, the APVMA asks you to provide them with details via their Non-Performance Reporting Form for Horticultural Pesticides. This is for unintended or unexpected effects on plants, plant products, animals, human beings or the environment. You can find the form online here

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OrchardInfo Tree Census opens for 2017

Orchards will soon be emailed their Avocados Australia OrchardInfo tree census link, and if you’ve participated before, your form will be pre-filled. Just check the existing data is accurate, and update with any changes. Those who complete the form by 12 November go in the draw to win one of ten $100 Visa gift cards. Contact Sue or Amanda on 07 3846 6566 with questions.


ACCC launches new anonymous reporting tool

The ACCC has launched a new online tool for people to anonymously report concerns about competition or fair trading issues. Commissioner Mick Keogh said horticulture and viticulture farmers had expressed concerns about potential retribution from others in the supply chain if they contact the ACCC. He said this anonymous channel could be used to report potential breaches, for example, of the new Horticulture Code of Conduct.

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Marketing our Australian avocados

As part of Hort Innovation’s levy-funded marketing activity for the industry, Australian Avocados worked with myfoodbook in 2016 to create and develop a range of avocado recipes. The recipes have now been on the website for a year, and have been viewed more than 154,000 times. See the latest marketing activity that’s helping Aussie consumers connect with (and eat!) Australian Avocados.


Quad bike safety survey

Quad bikes are a popular vehicle for recreation and work purposes in Queensland, but they can also be dangerous. Workplace Health and Safety Queensland is surveying Queenslanders to research the effectiveness of their Ride ready campaign. The survey is confidential.


Women in horticulture scholarships open

Women who are current and emerging leaders in the horticulture industry can apply for a leadership development scholarship opportunity valued at up to $5,470, co-funded by Hort Innovation and Women & Leadership Australia. The funding is for women in horticulture who are emerging leaders or have mid-level management and leadership experience. EOIs close 27 October.

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Have you listed in the new Avocado Directory?

Avocados Australia is now welcoming listing applications from industry stakeholders for the new Avocado Directory. The directory allows easy access to all sorts of businesses that play a role in the avocado industry. Whether you are a buyer or seller of products or services, this directory can help you. 

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CQ & Tristate materials in the Library!

Meeting minutes from the Avocado Study Group workshop at Bundaberg and in the Tristate are the latest additions to the Best Practice Resource (BPR) section of the Avocados Australia website in the BPR Library under Event Proceedings. 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. If you are already registered, log into the BPR and click on “What’s new on the BPR” on the welcome page. You can log in (or request access!) via www.avocado.org.au/best-practice-resource/.


New Australian avocado ripening centre. 11/10/17.
In its fourth expansion in seven years, Valleyfresh has opened a new ripening centre in Western Melbourne, predominantly for avocados. The site has also received accreditation to handle AQIS preclearance checks, Fruitnet.com reports.


Nominate a biosecurity champion
Support from Plant Health Australia (PHA) has led to the addition of a Farm Biosecurity Producer of the Year Award, to this year’s Australian Biosecurity Awards. The award will recognise the contribution of producers who demonstrate outstanding, proactive on-farm biosecurity practices. Applications close 20 October.


Export Control Bill consultation closing on 24 October
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is changing the current agricultural export legislative framework. Initial feedback closes on 24 October.


Mission Produce releases best prac guides
America’s Mission Produce has released avocado handling guides for the food service and retail sectors.


Colombia starts Chinese export talks. 11/10/17.
Colombia’s Pacific Fruits has begun talks to export its products to the Asian market, starting with China, with the goal of reaching other countries like Japan, Malaysia, or South Korea.


Peru’s exports up by 30%. 09/10/17.
The country has had a good response to marketing campaigns in the US, and also teamed up with sector players from South Africa and Chile to promote avocados in Europe.


Avocado Light has 30% less fat. 5/10/17.
Avocados with 30% less fat than avocados usually found on the market have been identified in Central America. It’s currently on the market in Spain.


Mexico’s opportunities in Asia. 4/10/17.
While China is currently “out of the comfort zone” for most Mexican exporters, moves are being made to change that.


US café takes avocado off the menu. 2/10/17.
Avocado has been removed from the café menu not just because of high US prices, but also because of concerns about the environmental impact in Mexico, and criminal activity.

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Avocado Study Group Workshops

All growers! Come along to an avocado study group workshop hosted by Simon Newett, QDAF, for access to knowledge that will lead to more consistent high yields of good-quality avocados.



17 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
18 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, South Johnstone, Qld
24 Oct – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Rockhampton, Qld
2 Nov – CNSW Study Group
2 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Gympe, Qld
3-5 Nov – China FVF, Beijing
14 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Caboolture, Qld
22 Nov – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Logan, Qld
16 Nov – CQ Study Group
30 Nov – South Qld Study Group

6 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Mareeba, Qld
7 Feb – QAWN Workplace Essentials workshop, Bowen, Qld
18-20 June – Hort Connections 2018
4 Sept – Asiafruit Congress 
5-7 Sept – Asia Fruit Logistica

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.