The Indian table grape industry can now export to Australia, after authorities from the Oceanic country approving conditions for import.
Australia’s Department of Agriculture granted access in November, according to India’s Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).
The approval followed a meeting of authorities from the two countries in the Indian capital New Delhi in September.
The phytosanitary protocols for import have been uploaded to Australian Agriculture Ministry’s BICON website and include requirements for cold treatment.
“The exporters are advised to adhere to conditions applied as per BICON and export grapes to the importers with valid import permit,” APEDA said in a letter dated Dec. 19.
“It is further advised that all exporters must ensure that packaging, labelling and other regulatory requirements of Department of Agriculture, and Water Resources, Australian Government are strictly adhered to.”
The Indian table grape season typically lasts from around December through March.