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Andy Veal during the walk at his orchard this month

Successful SQ event

Blackbutt was the first taxi off the rank for the national schedule of 2020 Avocados Regional Forums organised by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Avocados Australia. Avocados Australia CEO John Tyas said almost 100 growers and industry members were at the 11 February event at the Blackbutt Hall. “The event focused on soils, nutrition and managing in dry times,” Mr Tyas said. Check our events calendar for future dates.

 
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Tissue culture research update

An avocado industry stakeholder information day covering progress with avocado rootstock tissue culture will be held at the Isis Club, Childers on 25 March. Researchers will also cover plant/tree performance results from commercially managed field trials, perceptions of tissue culture from industry and economic and market feasibility of these rootstocks entering the market. There will aslo be a tour of the first established field trial, hosted by Donovan Family Investments. Click here for full details (including how to RSVP).

 
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Avocados make everything better

Moving into the New Year, Australian Avocados has been sharing the benefits of avocados with its online community, with posts about heart health on Facebook, and mood boosting on Instagram. This activity is part of the broader marketing activity encouraging consumers to become regular avocado purchasers. Australian Avocados marketing activities are managed by Hort Innovation and funded by the avocado marketing levy.

 
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Transporting avocados

Fruit temperature plays a key role in cool chain maintenance and in the prevention of unwanted ripening. There are several key points to consider, including effective precooling, and ensuring fruit spends as little time as possible in non-refrigerated conditions. You can find details of recommended pulp temperatures and more in the Transport section of the Best Practice Resource.

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.

 

Do you receive the Avo Alerts?

Avo Alerts are a monthly summary of growing activities for the different avocado growing regions of Australia. Compiled by the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, this information provides a good guide for the best practice management that should be occurring in your orchard. If you are a grower or advisor, send an email with Subject Line: Avo Alerts to Amanda Madden at admin2@avocado.org.au with your name, phone number and email address. It is as easy as that to get some agronomic reminders for your orchard.

 
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Fall armyworm found on the mainland

Less than a week after being confirmed in the Torres Strait, a single fall armyworm moth has been found at Bamaga in Far North Queensland. Surveillance programs will now begin on the Atherton Tablelands, as the pest can move quickly. It has more than 350 host plants. Read more in the Brisbane Times and from CSIRO on the ABC.


Farm management app trialled in Australia. 16/2/20.

Norwegian start-up Farmable is launching its tree crop management app in Australia. Read more in Queensland Country Life.


Queensland: beekeepers get drought assistance. 15/2/20.

The package will fund waiving permit fees for accessing state forests and protected areas for the year, and provide free access to a stockpile of bee feed sugar. Read more in Good Fruit & Vegetables.


New farm labour app developed. 14/2/20.

A new app connecting farmers and workers is launching to connect travelling workers and businesses. Read more in the Bendigo Advertiser.


Golden avocado in Coles promotion. 12/2/20.

Coles has revealed the five “rare” pieces in its new Stikeez collection, and the rarest is a gold avocado. Only 100 of the golden Abby Avocado have been made. Read more in Perth Now.

 
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Mexico uses quality to boost European sales. 19/2/20.

European companies are working with Mexican suppliers to help them meet the market’s standards. This starts with in-field quality control checks, and continues all the way through the supply chain, including once products lands in Europe. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Chile: South Korean access expected this year. 18/2/20.

Chile says it could send avocado shipments as early as August 2020, as it is expecting a positive response from recent in-country inspections by South Korean officials. Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.


South Africa: retailer commits to only African avocados. 14/2/20.

The longest distance that avocados for the South African branches of Woolworths now have to travel, is 2,600km. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Mission’s African partnership will target Asia. 13/2/20.

Under the partnership, Mission, ZZ2 and Core Fruit will export fruit into Asian and European markets, with fruit sourced from ZZ2 and other local growers.

Read more in Fresh Fruit Portal.

In other avocado news...

West Pak Avocado has a new video out, celebrating the reach of the avocado in society; Avocados from Mexico has opened its new avocado-themed casual dining restaurant in US city of Dallas (with six different avo toasts on offer; Lush is now offering a limited edition avocado-shaped soap in the UK, and Australia.


 
 
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Three reps heading for FoodEx, Japan

Three industry representatives will be in Japan for FoodEx, via support from the export project (AV17000): Trevor Bendotti (Bendotti Avocado), Andrew McKillop (The Avolution) and Jennie Franceschi (Karri Country Produce). Read more about FoodEx.


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Sign up for Export Coordinator Joy Tang’s regular email updates on avocados export related matters. Email your contact details to export@avocado.org.au to be subscribed. (Note, you must be a participant in the Australian avocado industry to subscribe.)


Queensland: export grants

Round one of grants via the Trade & Investment Queensland for export grants close on 28 February. There are three rounds this year for the Go Global program, providing export-ready SMEs with financial support to enter new markets. Read more.


Peru exports will surpass 2018 record. 19/2/20.

Peruvian avocado exports are expected to exceed 359,000 tons in 2020, thus surpassing the record results of 2018. Read more in FreshPlaza.


Japan’s avocado imports rise. 14/2/20.

Avocado imports were up 4% to 77,287t in 2018, mostly supplied by Mexico. It’s expected Mexico, Peru and Colombia will compete for market share with some predicting a possibly oversupply. Read more in Asiafruit.


Coronavirus impacts on container availability. 14/2/20.

Chilean fruit exporters are concerned a bottleneck of unloaded refrigerated containers in China could result in a shortage in March. Read more in FreshPlaza.


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Native bee workshop: Alstonville, NSW

Join native bee specialists for a free field day near Alstonville, including lunch, farm walk and presentations on the benefits of native bees for pollination in avocado orchards on 5 March. This event is part of the Stingless bees as effective managed pollinators for Australian horticulture (PH16000) project lead by the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment at Western Sydney University and funded by Hort Innovation. The day includes presentations, Q&A opportunities, a farm walk, insect hunts and a demonstration of native bee management. Presenters include local grower and stingless bee keeper Mike Hogan (Miloudamat Avocados), Dr Megan Halcroft (Bees Business) and a hive of researchers. Places are limited and bookings essential, click here.

 

2020

26 Feb – Avocado Regional Forum, Bellthorpe Q

5 Mar – Native bee pollination day, Alstonville NSW

10-11 Mar – AvoSkills workshop, Pemberton WA

25 Mar – Avocado tissue culture: industry stakeholder day, Childers Q

12 Mar – Avocado Regional Forum, Pemberton WA

10-13 Mar – Foodex Japan 2020, Makuhari Messe, Chiba

1 Apr – Avocado Regional Forum, CNSW

6 May – Avocado Regional Forum, Tristate

12 May – Avocado Marketing SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q

13 May – Avocado R&D SIAP meeting, Brisbane Q

15-17 Jun – Hort Connections, Brisbane Q

21-24 Jun – Australasian Plant Breeding Conference, Gold Coast, Q

15 Spt – Asiafruit Congress, SINGAPORE

16-18 Spt – Asia Fruit Logistica, SINGAPORE

 
 
 
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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.