Citrus Australia receives government funding for mandarin export

Citrus Australia will receive up to $109,650 from the Rudd Government to develop a national campaign for promoting Australian mandarins.

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke said the citrus industry produces about 600,000 tonnes of citrus each year, 16 per cent of which is mandarins.

“This is a great opportunity for the industry, with the mandarin peak season starting recently in March and carrying on through to November,” he said. “The Australian citrus industry is worth around $540 million and is Australia’s biggest fresh fruit export, with annual export earnings of around $190 million.”

The project is one of 14 to share in nearly $1.3 million from the Rudd Government to help promote Australia’s food and forest industries to domestic and export markets.

Earlier this month, Australia’s citrus export industry was recognised by the European Union to be free from citrus canker.

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