Australian stonefruit industry regains Thai access

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Australian stonefruit industry regains Thai access

Australian stonefruit growers will be able to export to Thailand again after a three-year hiatus, after authorities agreed to new protocols that mitigate the risk of fruit fly incursions. Dark cherries nice presentation sq

Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce said the resumption of trade would be good news for Australian growers, with many looking forward to realizing the full benefits in the next season.

"After a three year wait, we can now start exporting Australian cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches and plums to Thailand," Joyce said in a release.

"There is a record of strong trade relationships and high consumption of quality Australian produce in this market. In the 2010–11 season, Thailand was Australia’s third largest cherry export market, worth (AUD)$1.9 million (US$1.78 million), and I'm confident history will be repeated.

"The cherry industry has moved quickly to take advantage of the recommencement in trade, with eight tonnes of cherries expected to be exported before the end of the current season."

The new Thai import protocols state that Australian stonefruit must be sourced from pest free areas, or undergo cold treatment before arrival.

Cherry Growers Australia chief executive officer Simon Boughey applauded the decision made by Thai authorities to reopen the market, highlighting the move as a boost for long-term export opportunities.

"As seasonal industries, any opportunity to grow our consumer base is important. We’re in a strong position to supply and take advantage of overseas markets such as Thailand," Boughey said.


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