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AUSTRALIA : Brisbane irradiation facility ready for Australia's first big season of mango deliveries to USA, as horticulture searches for new export options

















QLD Country Hour By David Sparkes





Posted yesterday at 9:21pm





   


PHOTO: Australian mangoes are set for a big season in the United States. (Marty McCarthy)
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Australia's only irradiation facility with approval for exports to the United States is ready for its first big season of mango deliveries.




Irradiation is a technique used to sterilise fruit fly and other insects before products are exported.




Brisbane company Steritech earned the American approval in January, becoming one of just eight accredited facilities around the world.








00:00 AUDIO: Steritech general manager Glenn Robertson discusses the new approval for exports to USA (ABC Rural)









00:00 AUDIO: Stakeholders discuss potential for horticultural exports from Bowen in North Queensland (ABC Rural)









"The approvals came at the end of the last mango season, so there were only two [small] consignments sent," general manager Glenn Robertson said.




"It was good that they had that opportunity to test that market, but this season will be a really interesting test to see how much volume goes.



"I think the first consignment is set to be exported out at the end of this month.



"They are all going to be airfreight [and] it will be a consignment which will be about 6 tonnes.




"We'd be happy and I think the exporters would be happy with a couple of hundred tonnes going over to that American market this season."




Mr Robertson was speaking at an Australian Horticultural Exporters Association seminar in Bowen, North Queensland.




The seminar gave growers a chance to hear from experts on the key issues affecting the export of Australian fruit and vegetables.




The Bowen region is Australia's biggest winter producer of vegetables, such as tomatoes and capsicums. It also produces tropical fruits, including mangoes.





Euri Gold Farm owner Dale Williams is one of those who could benefit from access to a United States-approved irradiation facility.




He has been exporting to other countries for four years, although he estimates about 90 per cent of his mangoes still go to the Australian domestic market.



This year he has received approval to send his mangoes to the United States.



"I think if you can move more fruit into other markets, it smooths out the peaks where you might get oversupply in the peak of your season," he said.





"If you can move fruit into other areas [during those peaks] then your potential to maintain viable prices in your domestic market is increased."





The Steritech facility also has approval to send lychees to the United States and Mr Robertson hopes to send around 60 tonnes of that fruit this season.






"With our dollar [falling in value] we have become more competitive in the Asian marketplace and that's where the opportunity lies."




Ms Christou said a major step forward could be taken if air freight access into Asian markets was increased — something the industry and government were already working on.



"Our main point of difference in the Asian marketplace is the fact that we can get produce there overnight," she said.




"We've got direct air freight routes that are cost effective, so during periods where there is a week or two-week gap where we can get higher prices than during the rest of the year, we can justify concentrating on the export market and bringing greater returns."












http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-11-30/irradiation-facility-key-to-future-exports-of-fruit-and-veg/6986424





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