AUSTRALIAN vegetable growers were given a practical overview of the export process at the National Horticulture Convention held on the Gold Coast last week.
The Practicalities for Exporting Vegetables Symposium drew a large crowd and speakers included Export Council of Australia chair Dianne Tipping, as well as representatives from across the supply chain.
AUSVEG national manager for export development Michael Coote said there was increasing demand around the world for high quality fresh Australian produce, including from Australia’s close neighbours.
“The exporting process can be intimidating for those who have never exported before, so this practical seminar was hugely valuable in assisting Australian vegetable growers who are looking to get into export markets but don’t have the experience or access to the networks making the transition easier,” Mr Coote said.
“Diane Tipping’s presentation on the practical process of exporting and export certification requirements provided an in-depth, detailed look at the fundamental elements behind export readiness.
“It was also great to hear Glenn Robertson’s presentation on irradiation treatment options for fresh produce exporting, which can be a major factor for growers looking to ensure their produce gains access to target markets.”
Mr Coote said developing vegetable export markets was critical to the long term viability and future success of the Australian vegetable industry.