Over 60 Australian vegetable growers have gained valuable tips on capitalising on two export markets currently worth more than $30 million to the industry each year, during a two-day forum in Adelaide.

The event featured high-caliber speakers and industry representatives who provided advice on exporting to Malaysian and United Arab Emirates markets, identified as promising growth areas for Australian vegetable exports.

“During this forum on Wednesday and Thursday, Australian growers were presented with information regarding two of Australia’s top 10 destinations for fresh vegetable exports,” said AUSVEG National Manager – Export Development, Michael Coote.

AUSVEG is the leading horticultural body representing Australia’s 9,000 vegetable and potato growers.

“As the Australian vegetable industry maintains its focus on significantly boosting exports, those growers who attended are now a step closer to capitalising on opportunities which are continuing to emerge in both of these markets.”

“The forum was a great opportunity for growers to gain insight from current exporters, Austrade, the Malaysian Government and key members of the Malaysian and UAE supply chain.”

Over the course of the seminar, speakers delved into a multitude of topics including consumer preference, cultural considerations and networking opportunities for vegetable growers interested in starting to export or expand their existing base.

“Trade with Malaysia and the UAE will play a crucial role in the development of Australian horticulture and will form the back bone the future of Australian vegetable exports,” said Mr Coote.

“Through the Exporting to Malaysia and UAE Symposium, AUSVEG has helped Australian vegetable growers develop an understanding of these key export markets and further capitalise on the demand for high quality Australian vegetables.”

“Following from the success of the Malaysian and UAE symposium, AUSVEG will hold further events throughout the year to encourage growers to consider exporting to international markets, which are calling for premium Australian vegetables.”

This project was funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia using the National Vegetable Levy and funds from the Australian Government.


MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Coote, AUSVEG National Manager – Export Development   Phone: (03) 9882 0277, Mobile: 0416 016 202, Email: michael.coote@ausveg.com.au