ABC Rural By Carl Curtain
Posted about 8 hours ago
PHOTO: Market development officer Michael Daysh at the 'Australian Fresh' stand in China. (Supplied: DPIF)
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An Australian delegation, representing the mango industry, has just returned from a fruit and vegetable fair in China to promote the produce.
00:00 AUDIO: Michael Daysh speaks about his visit to China.(ABC Rural)
Currently Australia exports less than 100 tonnes of mangoes to China annually, but it is hoped the sector could greatly expand the market access in the future.
Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry marketing development officer, Michael Daysch, was part of the delegation, manning the 'Australian Fresh' stand.
He said it was a good opportunity to speak directly with retailers and supermarket chains interested in buying more fruit.
"The Australian image resonates with the Chinese consumers and supermarkets," he said.
"We had the opportunity to visit three supermarkets and we saw Australian citrus produce.
"So the Chinese supply chains are familiar with Australia as a potential supplier."
Mr Daysh said all mangoes had to be heat treated in north Queensland for fruit fly before being sent to China.
"Last season about 90 tonnes went to China which is below what we think the industry should be able to fill," he said.
"I would hope in the next six weeks there would be some fruit from Katherine potentially going up to Beijing as a result of our discussions at the fair."