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Is it time for an AGAxit ?

For years I pressed for the AIC board to be made up only of growers, no employees, directors, owners etc. of any post harvest operator. I am quite willing to now accept that it was not the correct course of action. The AIC does good work for the industry.

So yes, we do need an industry based council, made up of representatives from all parts of the NZ avocado industry, from spray contractors to exporters.

However, we also need a strong grower only council, the AGA. This should be made up of growers, and growers only.

The AIC should be funded by the 'I', that's the entire avocado industry. Not left for the growers to fund almost alone. The AGA shouldn't only be a conduit, moving grower levy's from grower to the AIC.

So, when you are about to tick the box in this years board elections ask yourself "would this person vote for a seperate AGA if the motion was put to the next agm" ? I wouldn't like to see a board dominated by post harvest operators, I thought we had moved on from those days.

So, you've been offered $1600 a bin for your avocados, on the trees. Very good news but there are 2 questions (or more) you may want to ask.

  1. What size are the bins ? Should be 260kgs.
  2. Will you be depositing the money into my account before you start the pick ?

Rumour has it nobody has actually received the $ offered. reasons included poor packout, etc etc.

Be on your guard, if you have pre-agreed a bin price, do not let anyone pick your fruit without the funds being in your account first. You wouldn't sell and deliver your car then wait patiently for payment, why consider it with your other assets ?


Check out this recipe.

Phytophthora ? Take a look at the Sidewinder. Click on "applications", then click on "Avocado History".

Ever wondered how many canopy hectare/acres you have ?

In the "Search For Location :" box enter your orchard street address, including New Zealand, then click your cursor on your boundaries. May take some trial and error ! Courtesy of Google. Start here.

Avocado industry profile by The New Zealand Horticutural Export Authority

Some interesting figures here, nice to see production history back to 1999, it looks like we didn't become biennial until the big crop of 2005.

I'm not sure my division is 100% correct but it looks like our FOB returns for 2010 were $23.16, 2011 $27.79 and 2012 $22.60.

Read more.

Avocado Production in China - Liu Kangde and Zhou Jiannan*

* Chinese Academy of Tropical Agricultural Sciences, Danzhou, Hainan 571737, China.

China has a great potential for avocado production development. It is estimated that China will have a population of 1.6 billion by the year 2030. It has called the attention of the Chinese government to securing food for the increasing population. Avocado fruit is very nutritious and can be eaten fresh. Avocado products will have a large market when accepted by the Chinese people.

There is a stretch of hilly land suited for avocado planting in the south of China. The tropical and subtropical land covers some 48 million ha in China, distributed in Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Fujian, Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan; the land under tropical and subtropical economic crops covers only 6.385 million ha at present. There is also a vast tract of hilly land in the southwest of China, a large part of which is suited to developing tropical and subtropical economic crops such as avocado.

The avocado market has yet to be developed since very few people know the nutritional value of this fruit. In the early 1990s, avocados were shipped and marketed in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou; however, only some large hotels with foreign cooks showed interest in this fruit. Difficult marketing has given adverse impact to the expansion of the planting area for commercial production.

Avocado has a short storage life under normal temperature. Cold storage and shipment increase cost and farmers will not take the risk of selling their avocado far away in small markets. The industrial demand is very limited and it is hard to stimulate expansion although avocado facecream and soap are produced to some extent. Avocado fruits are marketed locally at low price, discouraging farmers from planting avocado trees.

Read full story.

"A vase system that relies on light flecks will not result in optimal productivity."

Sun Access The Secret When Pruning Avocados, By Dr Mike Mickelbart - Plant Sciences Group, Lincoln University. Click for details. Published in 2004.


Fresh Plaza news.


Australian Avocado Retail Prices by City, Store and Variety. Click for details.


Hass Avocado Board, Nutritional research Program Overview. Click for details.