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Australia saw 40 percent rise in vegetable exports

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The future is bright for Australia’s vegetable industry, following the release of an industry strategy that aims to increase the value of vegetable exports to $315 million, or 40 percent, by 2020.

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The Vegetable Industry Export Strategy 2020, being delivered by Horticulture Innovation Australia (Hort Innovation) and developed in conjunction with AUSVEG, outlines a range of methods to help more growers and the wider industry export Australian vegetables to overseas markets.

Hort Innovation Chief Executive John Lloyd said: “The Australian vegetable industry has a huge appetite for export growth and there is a lot of untapped potential there. Horticulture Innovation Australia is working with growers and AUSVEG to do everything it can to drive this growth and develop a financially sustainable vegetable export sector”.

Mr Lloyd said currently, vegetables make up around five percent of national export production and through relationship building, working with industry to get it export ready, boosting supply chain efficiencies and overseas activities that figure could significantly rise.

“With all the necessary mechanisms in place, the Australian vegetable industry could increase its exports by 40 percent within four years, and close to double exports within the next decade.”

AUSVEG National Manager – Export Development Michael Coote said data from the Global Trade Atlas and the Australian Bureau of Statistics showed Australia exported around 210,000 tonnes of vegetables valued at $227 million this past financial year.

In comparison, the strategy outlines an industry target of 310,000 tonnes of vegetable exports by 2020.

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