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Aussie nashis bound for America



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MINISTER FOR RESOURCES ALAN GRIFFITHS-M P

PIE91/271G 1 November 1991.

AUSSIE NASHIS BOUND FOR AMERICA

The local horticultural industry has been given a significant boost, following a breakthrough in long-running negotiations between A ustralian and U-S plant quarantine authorities, the Minister for Resources, Mr. Alan Griffiths said today.

After three years of negotiations, agreement has been reached on the principal conditions for A ustralian pears, including nashi fruit (or Asian pears), to be exported to the potentially lucrative American market.

This follows bilateral technical discussions in Washington D.C. this week between officers of the A ustralian Q uarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), and their U.S. counterparts.

"The decision is effective for fruit harvested in Victoria's Goulbum Valley this coming season," Mr Griffiths said.

"This is a significant shot in the arm for A ustralia's horticultural industry, but more particularly for the Goulbum Valley nashi growers and packers who now have a valuable new m arket for their product.

"Coming on top of an agreement for a trial shipment of nashis to Canada th is season, this is excellent news," Mr Griffiths said.

Details of the agreement, and the conditions, will be available following the retu rn of the AQIS delegation from Washington D.C.

F u rth e r information:

M inister's Office: Kristen Barry, Ph 06-277 7480. AQIS: Bill Horrigan, Ph 06-272 4472.

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