Tuesday 09 October 2012
Oranges for China
China could hold the key to reducing the oversupply of navel oranges on Australia's domestic market.
Citrus Australia, the industry's national body, will be heading to mainland China next month to talk to officials about quarantine protocols and ramping up exports.
Andrew Harty, Citrus Australia's general manager for market development, says the trade has enormous potential.
"We've sent a lot of citrus over the last many decades to Hong Kong and some of that has found its way over into the mainland," he said.
"But really it's now reached the stage where we've got access to the mainland ports and we need to exploit some of those more lucrative markets further north of Hong Kong."
Mr Harty says orange exports to mainland China have grown from nothing in 2010 to eight containers in 2011 and up to 60 containers this year.
Citrus Australia is encouraging growers, packers and exporters to take part in the Beijing trade fair and meet with Chinese buyers.
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