Source: WA avocado growers could export
AVOCADO growers in Western Australia could have the opportunity to export to Japan and Thailand.
Avocados Australia chief executive John Tyas said after a number of years of negotiations, Japan confirmed it would undertake an audit of WA avocado export packers in late February.
Thailand has also proposed to undertake an audit of the WA avocado export packers in August.
This could be a game changer for Australia’s avocado industry which is currently a small player when it comes to exports — producing less than 2 per cent of the world’s avocados.
In 2015-16 Singapore and Malaysia were Australia’s main avocado export markets.
Mr Tyas said it was “very likely” WA growers would have market access to Japan and Thailand for their next season.
“Thailand has recently provided a draft new protocol for Australian Hass avocado exports from Western Australia based on conditional non-host status for Mediterranean Fruit fly,” Mr Tyas said.
“Further review is required, but from an initial review the protocol appears to reflect our requests and will be workable for Australian exporters.”
Mediterranean fruit fly is horticultural pest in WA which attacks a range of cultivated fruits and some fruiting vegetables, resulting in mass crop losses.
Mr Tyas said research was also underway to develop data packages to support a Hass avocado conditional non-host protocol for Queensland Fruit fly.
“This research is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 and the data packages will be used to seek Hass market access to Japan, Thailand and other new markets for all Australian production regions,” he said.
Further research, which will be completed in 2020, hopes to develop data packages for a short cold fruit fly disinfestation treatment for the Shepard variety.