Bundaberg has been chosen to host a forum which will discuss opportunities to boost avocado exportation with the national crop forecast to double by 2026.
This year so far Australian avocado exports have increased by 190 per cent when compared to the pre-Covid export volume.
By 2026, Australia’s production is expected to reach 170,000t, which will be more than double the production in 2020-21.
In order to to support the industry in growing the export sector, Avocadoes Australia will hold the CQ Avocado Export Regional Forum at Rowers on the River next month.
The Bundaberg Region was chosen to host the event in order to target the more than 70 local and surrounding Central Queensland growers, packers and exporters.
Avocados Australia’s CEO John Tyas said he wanted CQ industry representatives to work together to build the Australian avocado export sector.
“Australian growers can no longer rely on the domestic market alone and we know there are good opportunities to grow existing and new markets, particularly in Asia,” Mr Tyas said.
Central Queensland is one of eight avocado growing regions in Australia.
The CQ area, which Bundaberg is part of, features more than 70 growers, packers and exporters who harvested and packed around 17,100t of avocadoes in the last financial year.
The CQ Avocado Export Regional Forum is an initiative of the “Avocado market access and trade development” project that has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government.
Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.
The CQ Avocado Export Regional Forum is to be held on Friday, 4 March from 9am to 2.30pm at Bundaberg Rowers on the River (2 Toonburra Street) and all avocado growers, packers and exporters are invited.
The forum will be a Covid-19 compliant event.
Click here to register to attend.
To view the agenda click here.