India boost to berries
THE first Australian blueberries exported to India have landed in grocery stores.
Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Luke Hartsuyker said the commencement of exports was supported by his recent trip there as part of Australia Business Week in India.
“During my visit to India, I promoted opportunities for exports of Australian agricultural products to this highly valuable and important market,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
“India was our fifth-largest agricultural export market in 2016-2017, with exports valued at $3.1 billion, up 475 per cent since 2011-2012,” he said.
Mr Hartsuyker said exports of blueberries woudl further increase the value of the Indian market to Australia.
In 2016, Australia exported $8.9 million worth of blueberries to almost 20 countries.
Demand for agricultural produce in India is forecast to increase by 136 per cent between 2009 and 2050.