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Australia opens door to Vietnamese dragonfruit

Released at: 15:05, 28/04/2016

Australia opens door to Vietnamese dragonfruit

Approval given after assessment reveals fruit free of pest and disease.

by Thien Huong

Australia has officially given the green light for fresh dragonfruit from Vietnam to be imported into the country.

The Australian Embassy in Vietnam announced on April 27 that fresh dragonfruit is one of the priority agricultural commodities to access the Australian market.

Australia earlier completed preliminary assessments, including an evaluation of pests and diseases in the fruit, through a process of cooperation and exchange between the two governments.

In the months to come the two sides will conduct a risk assessment, in which Australian experts will visit dragonfruit orchards and evaluate manufacturing and exporting processes.

The draft report on the risk assessment will be published at the end of the year and partners invited to contribute ideas.

The Australian Embassy in Vietnam also said that Australia will accelerate the approval of imports of other types of fresh fruit from Vietnam. The first batch of fresh lychees were imported in May 2015 out of 28 tonnes in total during the year.

Australia completed a risk assessment of Vietnamese mango in November 2015 and the final stage is to complete a commercial agreement for the fruit.

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