WA citrus in China

WA citrus producers are exporting fruit to China for the first time.

Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the milestone resulted from market work by the State Government, Horticulture WA and the $15 million citrus industry.

WA producers have also gained access to Thailand and South Korea, by meeting specific orchard management practices and cold treatment of fruit transported by sea to the markets.

Mr Baston said WA citrus fruit was recognised as a “clean and green product”.

“So far this year, growers Moora Citrus and AGRIFresh have exported more than 30,000 boxes of navel oranges and a small quantity of mandarins to China and south-east Asia,” he said.

“The producers expect to increase the volume of fruit exported over the next few years as new plantings come into full production. The Government is working with other WA citrus growers interested in exporting.”