Cit­rus expands view

Central and North Burnett Times - - YOUR WEEKLY TV GUIDE -

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 an­drew.harty@cit­rusaus­tralia.com.au or 03 5023 6333.

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