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AUSTRALIA : Mango growers Prep for more US exports

Mango growers in the Northern Territory and the rest of Australia are still processing the results of the 2014/15 season, but a visit from the two importers who handled the first shipments of Australian mangoes into the US in February has meant that preparations for the 2016 export season are well under way. 

“Training for pest monitoring for the upcoming 2015/16 season will start in July, and registrations with the Department of Agriculture for those growers looking to export next year will start in August,” says Michael Daysh, Market Development Officer with the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries, and project leader on the first shipments that went to the US earlier this year.

By mid August, it should be clear which Northern Territory growers will be registering with the Government to export to the US, and in early September growers nationwide who will be exporting should be known.

Those growers looking to send mangoes to the US will need to be prepared, and show a commitment to strict standards. 

“Registration is for growers who are willing to make a commitment. It’s quite demanding with regards to pest control and monitoring, and there are different chemical requirements within the US,” notes Mr Daysh.

“That means growers interested will have to put aside some blocks focused on the US market.”

Representatives from the two importing companies attended the 10th Australian Mango Industry conference, and will be reporting back details of interested growers now that they have returned home, adds Mr Daysh. 
“The Australian-ness will resonate with US consumers, and that’s where growers will have a unique story to tell. Grower’s stories will be integrated underneath Team Australia Mangoes, details of the varieties, where the fruit came from and growing conditions.” 

The US market will be particularly receptive to You Tube videos from growers, and the idea of buying a ‘little piece of Aussie sunshine’ during the Northern winter months, according to him.

It’s a good thing that there seems to be a line up of interested growers, as Australian Mango Industry Association CEO Gavin Scurr set the ambitious target of exporting a million trays within five years during the conference. “It’s now about drawing a graph of the period between now and five years, and develop a comprehensive industry strategy to reach that target,” says Mr Daysh.

For more information

Michael Daysh,
Market Development Officer

Phone: +618 8999 2300,

Publication date: 6/2/2015
Author: Kalianna Dean

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