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Technology to boost Top End mango exports to Japan.



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AFFA02/34T 14 August 2002

Technology to boost Top End mango exports to Japan

Northern Territory mango producer Jabiru Tropical Orchards of Berry Springs plans to use technology to increase its access to the Japanese market.

The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Judith Troeth, provided details of the company’s plans today when she presented a plaque to Jim Delis of Jabiru Tropical Orchards at the opening of the Australian Mango Industry Association’s National Conference in Darwin.

The Federal Government awarded a Farm Innovation Program grant to Jabiru Tropical Orchards to help it buy a vapour heat treatment facility to treat mangoes for fruit fly.

“The facility is chemical free and is emerging as a major, non-chemical alternative for treating other crops with fruit fly quarantine concerns,” Senator Troeth said.

“The project’s success will depend, of course, on a long supply period, and that means benefits for producers in Darwin, Katherine, Kununurra, north Queensland’s Burdekin region and Mareeba.”

Senator Troeth congratulated Jim and Peter Delis, and their team, on their enthusiasm to use innovative technology and their willingness to meet the challenges of the global marketplace.

“As competition expands in the world market place, it is increasingly important for our rural industries to find and perfect the innovative edge that puts their product above the rest on the market,” she said.

“The Farm Innovation Program has played an important role in getting this project started, and in helping rural industries to address competitiveness and sustainability issues, and adopt innovative practices, processes, technologies and products.”

Jabiru Tropical Orchards received its grant in the final round of the Agriculture - Advancing Australia (AAA)-Farm Innovation Program. The two-year pilot program has provided $10.2 million of funding for 97 projects.

For more information about the AAA-Farm Innovation Program, call 1 800 686 175 or visit the web site at: http://www.affa.gov.au/farminnovation.

Media inquiries: Senator Troeth's office Peta Slack-Smith 0438 654 671.

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Last updated 14 August 2002.