Tuesday 23rd Jul, 2019

Aussie almonds allowed access into Chile after agreement

Australian almonds can now be exported to Chile as the two nations enter into an agreement of new market access arrangements.

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said it was great news for the $440 million almond export industry and the farmers that underpin it.

Gaining market access for Australian produce helps our farmers sell more and employ more regional people,” Littleproud said.

“We are the second largest producer of almonds and our almond crop is expected to hit record levels this year and the next five years.

“The majority of these almonds have been grown for export, so opening new markets is vital for the success of the industry”.

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This year’s almond crop is expected to be 16 per cent above last years at a record 93,000 tonnes.

Each year Australia exports around $4 million worth of agricultural produce to Chile.

Littleproud said the agreement allows Australia to tap into valuable Latin American markets.

“Now that almond growers can export their high-quality produce to Chile they have access to a market that provides significant potential,” he said.

“Improving market access is an important part of increasing farm gate returns and ensuring growers get premium price for their premium produce.”