FGT are running several projects aimed at strengthening and developing Tasmania's fruit industry and export capability.
Tasmanian Horticultural Export Hub
FGT are working with government and industry stakeholders to promote development of Tasmania's horticultural exports. Supported by the Tasmanian Department of State Growth and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources, the horticultural export hub seeks to support aspiring and existing fruit, nut and vegetable producers to explore export opportunities, develop export trade connections and make their business ‘export-ready’.
Project strategic priorities
As part of this project, FGT will be running a series of activities over the next 3 years to help growers develop export skills, navigate government requirements, explore key markets of interest and develop market linkages. These activities will focus on 3 key areas to improve assist with Tasmanian horticultural export development. These are:
Activities in this area aim to help new growers develop the knowledge and skills needed to manage agrifood export risks, and to help existing growers improve their skills. These activities aim to help new and existing exporters understand and navigate government requirements including export accreditations, freight requirements, export permits, product inspections, mandatory phytosanitary treatments, QA requirements. Activities include workshops, webinar sessions, field days and development of online support materials.
These activities provide growers and exports with information on commodity and market trends to identify trends and opportunities. Activities in this area include information on global and national trade movements, consumer information trends, and in-season market updates to growers.
These activities help growers develop contacts and linkages with buyers and importers in priority markets. Activities include digital and virtual trade shows, inwards and outbound trade missions, in-market launches, as well as facilitation export enquiries from prospective buyers.
In addition to the activities outlined above, FGT staff liaise with Dept. Agriculture representatives to resolve grower issues to keep product moving.
Fruit Industry Biosecurity
FGT are working with government and industry stakeholders to strengthen the biosecurity of Tasmania's fruit industry and berry industries. The project will feature development of biosecurity information resources, engagement activities, and training workshops.
Biosecurity materials developed in this project include:
- pest information kits for pomefruit, stonefruit and berries
- in-field pest ID kits for crop monitors and harvest team supervisors
- pest ID posters for packing sheds and tea rooms
- an incursion-response manual to help growers response to any future biosecurity incursions
- fruit industry on-farm biosecurity implementation guide
FGT staff will be coordinating practical training workshops tailored to the specific biosecurity needs of Tasmania's pomefruit, stonefruit and berry growers. These workshops will feature national and international experts with hands-on experience managing these pests.
FGT is seeking grower feedback about the proposed materials and activities. If you think we have missed something useful to your business, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling us on (03) 6169 2059.