Export opportunities for Australian mangoes will be up for discussion at the upcoming 10th Australian Mango Conference to be held in Darwin in May. Exports to the US, improving phytosanitary protocols and new technology that will improve disinfestation will be on the table as industry players discuss ways of collaborating to meet market demand. The conference will be an opportunity for exporters and growers to further build relationships that will continue to build our exports
AMIA CEO Robert Gray said that this season has been an exciting one for exports.
“Not only did we gain access to the US market this season, but the Department of Agriculture recently advised that Australian mangoes now have access to the Indonesian market under irradiation. Access to Indonesia will provide another avenue for our fruit to our neighbours. We will continue to work with the Department of Agriculture to improve access to current markets with significant potential such as China and Korea,” he said.
“The process of gaining access to the US market and implementing the on ground activities associated with the work plan practices has given a lot of insight to practices and processes that can be improved industry wide and we look forward to discussing these issues with those who were involved with the initial shipments ,” Mr Gray said.
Our new 3-year export plan was developed just prior to the season and since then we have been laying the ground work to achieve our aim of doubling exports over the next three years. Mr Gray said the industry is starting to see results.
“Early estimates indicate exports in the first half of the season increased significantly, but we are waiting for the full season results before we get too excited. There are a lot of benefits to being involved with exporting and I hope it is something that all growers are considering, if they are not already involved. By collaborating as an industry and having a holistic approach to exports, we can all benefit. We will continue to work with exporters and industry players to drive exports in the lead up to next season,” Mr Gray said.
The Mango Export Plan 2014 – 2017 aims to double mango exports by the 2016 / 2017 mango season. The Export Plan focusses on four key areas:
- Supply Chain Collaboration: Support the development of export markets by facilitating collaboration between exporters and other stakeholders.
- Develop a Protocol Strategy: Collate information concerning protocols for all countries into a single definitive document.
- Supply Quantity Strategy: Engage growers to ensure there is an adequate supply of mangoes available for export markets throughout the season.
- Assessment and Review of Market Attractiveness by Country: Using cost-benefit analysis, measure the attractiveness by country to provide clarity for potential opportunities.
The Export Plan has been developed by AMIA with the assistance of the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Trade and Investment Queensland and the Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food.