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Australia can export more citrus to China

The emerging trade in Australian citrus to China is expected to grow after the Australian Government negotiated improved market access.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the good news would be welcomed by growers as the new export season was about to begin.

Under previous citrus export conditions, oranges, mandarins, lemons and grapefruit were only permitted access to northern Chinese ports and had to undergo extensive cold disinfestation treatment which could affect the quality of the fruit.

The revised quarantine conditions will allow more Australian citrus including limes, tangelos and sweetie grapefruit to access all ports in China and increases the required temperature for the cold disinfestation treatment.

The changes will allow growers more flexibility, save on shipping costs and help to protect the high quality of the fresh Australian produce.

The announcement follows Mr Burke’s visit to China in April last year, accompanied by a trade delegation including the chair of Citrus Australia Kevin Cock.

Last calendar year, Australia exported 855 tonnes of citrus worth $1.25 million to China.

Mr Burke said he hoped the breakthrough would help growers in Emerald, Queensland whose businesses had been affected by the citrus canker outbreak in 2004.

“Expanding trade market access is another way for the Rudd Government to help support jobs in rural and regional Australia,” he said.

“We will continue working hard to create new opportunities for our farmers to access international markets.

“A strong and productive agricultural sector will help to minimise the effects of the global recession on the national economy.”

Citrus Australia chair Kevin Cock said the improved conditions would make a huge difference for exports of citrus to China, particularly for mandarins, which are more susceptible to cold treatment.

“We’re delighted we can now be more assured of the high quality of our mandarins on arrival in China,” Mr Cock said.

China is also considering new treatments to manage Fuller’s rose weevil and light brown apple moth, as well as recognition of pest-free areas for fruit flies.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will continue to work closely with Citrus Australia, Horticulture Australia and the Australian Horticultural Exporters Association to pursue these market improvements.

by S. C.
17 june 2009, World News > Oceania