December 12, 2020
An industry body has been awarded $109,176 in Federal Government grants to help streamline avocado exports and help growers target the Japanese and New Zealand markets.
Agriculture Minister David Littleproud said Avocados Australia Ltd has been awarded two grants under the Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) program extension.
“Australian growers produced 87,546 tonnes of avocados in 2019-20, 2 per cent more than the previous year, bringing gross value of production to an estimated $493 million,” Mr Littleproud said.
“With volumes of exports on the rise and more opportunities for trade, the Australian Government is helping to ensure growers have access to modern, efficient export systems.
“A $79,200 PASE program grant to Avocados Australia will support the development of an online registration, mapping and phytosanitary data collection platform.
“The project will adapt the current Australian Table Grape Association accreditation system and aims to streamline the export registration process.
“Another $29,976 PASE program grant will go towards the production of educational materials for growers seeking to access Japanese and New Zealand markets.
“The materials will provide guidance on the regulatory requirements and export registration process for export capable growers and packhouses.”
Malaysia and Singapore are currently Australia’s main avocado export markets.
During 2019-20, 4051 tonnes were exported.