The below was originally published on, and is intellectual property of, the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment.
Australia’s trade with India has had a boost with new biosecurity arrangements in place that open the door to more export opportunities for Aussie barley and fruit growers.
Agriculture Counsellor based in New Delhi, Nora Galway, said that India has approved changes to Australia’s use of phosphine fumigation, a step closer to exporting malting barley. They’ve also approved our use of in-transit cold treatment of a variety of fruits, which is a major breakthrough for our farmers.
‘This outcome is very positive for Australia’s role in global malt production, and it means that our fresh produce, such as table grapes, apples, pears and summer fruit, arrive in an even higher quality state in the destination country’, said Dr Galway.
‘Being able to treat our produce in-transit, we get it to market quicker and our exporters can charge a premium based on the increased freshness.
‘The use of phosphine as a quarantine treatment for malting barley will save our industry up to $10 per tonne exported, and will also help to establish its broader acceptance as a treatment for other grains, pulses and nuts. It’s a positive step in improving conditions for our exports.
‘In 2018, Australia’s two-way trade with India was valued at over $1 billion, and we export $664 million worth of agriculture, fisheries and forestry products. These outcomes show the interest and maturity of our agricultural relationship with India. They also come as a result of the great teamwork from across the department in Canberra, and in India, as well as with Austrade, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and industry,’ said Dr Galway.
For further information on Australia’s trading relationship with India visit the DFAT website.
To read the full article please visit: Agricultural Trade Matters, July 2020