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Tuesday, 1 October 1974
Page: 1492

Senator RAE - My question is. directed to the Minister for Agriculture. Bearing in mind the problems of the Tasmanian apple industry and the importance of obtaining new markets for that industry, I ask: What progress has been made in negotiating with Japan for the entry of Tasmanian apples into the market in Japan since April of this year when the Minister expressed some optimism?

Senator WRIEDT -I indicated at that time that Japanese officials would be coming to Australia in August. Discussions were held between the Japanese and Australian Government officials. The Japanese still maintain a very strict position in respect of the importation of any fresh apples from Australia. It is really a matter of our maintaining our research efforts in order to ensure that fruit which may be exported to Japan is acceptable to the health authorities in that country. We are not yet in a position to export fresh apples to Japan but I believe that the progress that is being made in the area of research still gives up hope that one day fresh fruit can find a market in that country.

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