Victoria exports grapes to China
In March 2012, importers in China ordered AU$2.6 million worth of grapes from the Sunraysia and Murray Valley regions of Victoria.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh says the importers were impressed with the quality of Victoria’s crimson seedless grapes.
“There’s something in excess of a billion people live in China. There is a growth in the supermarket trade over there with the building of new supermarkets,” Mr Walsh said.
“If you look at the number of people who are there compared to the number of people in Australia there is great potential into the future,” he said.
Mr Walsh was hopeful for paving the way to more agricultural exports from Victoria to China.
“It’s about getting the right export protocols there, particularly around disease and pests,” he said.