Citrus expands view
CITRUSAustralia chief executive officer Judith Damiani is encouraging Burnett citrus growers to get involved in the China FVF Trade Fair in China next month.
Held from November 9–11, the industry association supported Beijing trade fair will provide Australian citrus growers, packers and exporters the opportunity to meet Chinese buyers, particularly from northern China, and develop direct business.
“There has already been some interest expressed from the Gayndah Mundubbera area,” Ms Damiani said.
“It is one of the industry’s most important potential export markets.
“The industry has some really good commercial linkages already but I guess what we want to do as an industry association is to help open theChinese market, particularly in northern China.
“The main product in the Burnett is the Murcott Mandarin which is highly demanded in Asia and so obviously the potential to increase trade direct to China is there.
“We want to facilitate trade but we also want to address the difficult quarantine protocol we have.”
Ms Damiani said because the trade fair was co-hosted by the Chinese quarantine association and department, networking opportunities had been set up.
“It will definitely create opportunities for exporting Australian citrus straight to China,” she said.
“We are part of a bigger horticultural pavilion andwe are part of a much biggerAustralian horticultural contingent.
“We understand not everyone can attend but those considering their export opportunities should definitely look more closely at attending.” ■ For more information or to express your interest about the China FVF Fair contact Andrew at firstname.lastname@example.org or 03 5023 6333.