In­dia boost to berries

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

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.

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