Cherries top sweet horticulture trade with Vietnam
- · New conditions agreed for export of Australian cherries to Vietnam
- · Australia agreed new conditions for export of Vietnamese dragon fruit to Australia
- · Both nations continue to work effectively towards horticulture market access priorities
Australia and Vietnam have welcomed new conditions that will see the export of Aussie cherries to Vietnam in time for the 2017–18 season.
On announcing the agreed new conditions in Can Tho, Vietnam, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, said the new trade reflected a bilateral partnership moving from strength to strength—hot on the heels of the agreed new conditions for the export of Vietnamese dragon fruit to Australia.
“Our trading relationship with Vietnam now spans four decades, with two-way trade topping $2.8 billion in agriculture alone,” Minister Ruston said.
“Both nations have established clear market access priorities for horticulture commodities and I am very pleased to see genuine progress being made towards the best possible outcomes for the horticulture industries in both countries.
“This outcome is great news for the Australian cherry industry—access for cherries was our top priority in Vietnam.”
Minister Ruston said that through the Vietnam Australia Agriculture Forum, both countries have been consistently working towards establishing the biosecurity conditions that would support safe, two-way trade in horticultural commodities.
“The processes we have in place with Vietnam are working very effectively,” she said.
“At the recent meeting of our technical experts in Hanoi, both countries had positive discussions about our next horticulture market access priorities and I look forward to continuing our strong two-way trade relationship with Vietnam.
“We are also working closely with Vietnam to improve the existing market access conditions for Australian oranges, mandarins and table grapes.”
Export conditions are now agreed for cherries and dragon fruit so that trade in both commodities can commence as soon as possible.
Minister Ruston is in Vietnam from 22–26 August, representing Australia at the APEC high-level ministerial dialogue on food security and sustainable agriculture.
· Exports of cherries have steadily increased each year from 2011-12 to 2015-16, rising from $16 million to $76 million.
· Australia exported over 5,600 tonnes of cherries in 2015-16.
THE NATIONAL Farmers’ Federation (NFF) has released a new guide for working on Australian farms which includes what to expect, what to be aware of, and who to contact if there is a problem for backpackers.
The guide is also summarised in a short checklist with the key things that backpackers need to keep in mind when going to work on an Australian farm. It could be a very useful information sheet to hand out to backpackers during the season. See below to download the guide.
Queensland Fruit Fly is now widespread in northern Victoria and is threatening Yarra Valley fruit production.
The Fruit Fly – Be prepared masterclass is a forum for growers and businesses in the Yarra Valley to hear first-hand from industry experts, scientists and a grower’s perspective. Learn what damage Queensland Fruit Fly can cause and what your business and your community can do to prepare.
Come to our live lecture and Q&A session in Lilydale hosted by the Biosecurity Centre of Excellence and be part of the action or attend the event from the comfort of your living room delivered via webinar.
The session is free, registration is required.
Date: Tuesday, 8 August 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Venue: Box Hill Institute, Lilydale (map)
Jarlo Drive Lilydale
Auditorium, Building LB/LC
If you have any questions please contact: Dr Mick Blake, Director, Biosecurity Centre of Excellence
Lilydale Lakeside Campus, Box Hill Institute
Building LB, Room 107, Jarlo Drive, Lilydale, Australia 3140
M 0466 477 808 | P +61 3 8892 2530
New face in town to help keep Yarra Valley fruit fly free
A Fruit Fly Regional Coordinator has been appointed in the Yarra Valley to help protect horticultural production and keep the area fruit fly free.
While many methods are used to control fruit fly, the critical factor is people working together. In the current Action Plan, the role of the Regional Coordinator is crucial for ensuring industry, community and government cooperate to effectively manage fruit fly.
Bronwyn Koll has been employed by Agribusiness Yarra Valley to work directly with the fruit fly Regional Governance Group which includes representation from major horticultural producers, local and state government, and community members from the area.
Horticulture Code updated with stronger protections and penalties
The Horticulture Code is a mandatory code of conduct that aims to create transparency around the grower-trader relationship and establish fair dispute resolution mechanisms in the horticulture industry.
There have been recent changes to the Code that strengthens the protection it provides. As a grower, you need to know how the changes affect you and what your rights and obligations are under the Code.
What is the Code?
The Code covers trade in unprocessed horticulture produce, such as fruit, vegetables, edible fungi and nuts, and applies to growers, agents and merchants.
The Code operates to create transparency in the relationship between you (the grower), agents and merchants. It does this by requiring all parties to have a written contract with each other, called a Horticulture Produce Agreement (HPA). It is now illegal to trade in horticulture produce without a HPA and all parties, including growers, agents and merchants, can be subject to penalties if they don’t have a HPA.
You should seek legal advice if you are unsure whether your HPA is compliant with the Code.