ABC Rural By Matt Brann
Posted about 10 hours ago
Indonesia is shaping up as a potential export market for Australian mangoes this year.
The reopening of the market is good news for the Australian mango industry, which has set an ambitious goal of exporting 20 per cent of the national crop each year by 2020.
Chief executive of the Australian Mango Industry Association (AMIA), Robert Gray, says the Indonesian market has a lot of potential.
"Indonesia is one of our closest neighbours and has a population of over 250 million potential mango consumers," he said.
"If we can even get a small percentage of these people enjoying Australian mangoes, this will mean a real difference to our industry.
"We've had access to Indonesia a number of years ago, but regulations changed, so we're very excited to be back in business in that part of the world.
00:00 AUDIO: Robert Gray explains the reopening of the Indonesian market for Australian mangoes (ABC Rural)
"I expect we'll see a full range of our mango varieties go to Indonesia [this year], so Kensington Prides, R2E2, Honey Gold, Calypso, they'll all be a part of the exporters mix into that market I'm sure."
Mr. Gray said mangoes sent to Indonesia would need to be treated for fruit fly and seed weevil prior to export.
Australia exported a record amount of mangoes last season, including some consignments to the United States for the first time.