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Shiploads of premium WA avocados arrive in India

The Cook Government is celebrating the arrival of Western Australian avocados in India and supporting the new export market to grow.

More than 320 tonnes of Western Australian avocados, valued at over $1.6 million, have now been exported to India with most supplies coming from Delroy Orchards, in the Southern Forests region.

The first commercial shipment arrived late last year after the removal of a 30 per cent tariff on Australian Hass avocados, as part of the Australia-India Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement.

Agriculture and Food Minister Jackie Jarvis said they are working hard to establish WA as the go-to international avocado exporter.

“Initiatives such as international trade promotions and missions showcasing our State’s premium produce helps to capture invaluable new customers and helps Western Australian farmers to flourish.

“An increased demand for our agricultural products overseas means more local jobs and stronger regional economies,” said Jarvis.

Fruit from Delroy Orchards is currently packed in Donnybrook and there are plans to expand the packing operation to a new facility in Waroona, which will support local jobs.

The appetite for Western Australian avocados continues to grow with increasing demand in India, the Middle East and across Asia.

Western Australian avocados are highly sought after because of their appearance, flavour, creamy texture and high quality.

Avocados are Western Australia’s highest-value fruit industry, reaching record production of 65,000 tonnes in 2023-24.

This week the Cook Government is supporting a trade promotion in India where the State’s home-grown avocados are being showcased.

The launch of Australian Avocados in India is being led by Avocados Australia and the Australian Government, with the support of the WA Government and follows successful trial shipments by Western Australian growers and exporters.

The nine-day initiative will be exhibiting the popular fruit at trade events in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore, while a concurrent study tour will help open the door to potential new trade relationships for Western Australian businesses.

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