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Australian peaches and nectarines return to Vietnam

AUSTRALIA

Australian peach and nectarine exporters once again have market access into Vietnam following successful completion of technical negotiations between the two countries, the nation’s agriculture minister announced today.

Minister for Agriculture and Northern Australia, David Littleproud said trade expansion into Vietnam will provide greater export opportunities for Australian producers and support the livelihood of regional communities.

“Vietnam is a priority market for premium Australian fresh fruit,” Minister Littleproud said.

“The growing middle class there has a strong demand for high quality, affordable and convenient fresh foods, a demand our farmers are able and willing to meet.

“My department is now working with industry to enable trial exports by the end of this season before fully opening the trade for the start of next season.”

The Australian Government’s $85.9 million Agri-Business Expansion Initiative directly supported the department’s efforts to accelerate market access outcomes with Vietnam.

Chair of Summerfruit Australia Ltd, Mr Andrew Finlay welcomed the achievement, which has been some five years in the making.

“I would like to thank all those who have played a part in achieving this market access, and who worked hard to negotiate a set of protocols agreed to by both countries,” Mr Finlay said.

“After the COVID pandemic put a stop to face-to-face meetings, negotiations continued, via video conference and the Australian agriculture counsellor based in Vietnam.

“As part of the process we worked with DAWE and a number of growers, packers, exporters and treatment facilities to undertake a ‘virtual visit’ of the authorities from Vietnam.”

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