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First International Breadfruit symposium P A G E 3 E D I T I O N 1 The First International Breadfruit symposium is being organised by the Secretariat Pacific Community (SPC) with funding support from the Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU, the Breadfruit Institute (BFI) of Hawaii, the German Regional Forestry Project, SPC forestry, the International Centre of Underutilized crops and the Global Facilitation for Underutilised species. The symposium aims to increase awareness of the importance of breadfruit in food systems of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) region and to open greater opportunities for greater use of breadfruit diversity through sharing information and establishing research and development priorities. It will also stimulate international collaboration, information exchange and networking, and to help develop a framework for a global conservation strategy for breadfruit. The organising committee has invited to sponsor Dr Roger Goebel, QDPI Development horticulturist to attend the symposium due to his involvement in breadfruit activities in the Pacific Region. Tropical Exotic Fruit Australia has nominated Dr Goebel to attend . The refinement of harvest and handling systems to prolong shelf life and fruit quality will be of major importance and so to will be market development and promotion activities. Development of the breadfruit industry in Australia will have flow on benefits to the region by way of innovations in growing, harvesting and handling. The Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) research facilities in far north Queensland are well situated to undertake valuable cultural and post harvest trials in conjunction with local growers and other interested parties, so helping promote breadfruits integral contribu tion to sustainable agriculture, human health and food security. In the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) project, PHT 2001/023 Horticulture industry development for market remote communities breadfruit was identified as one of the key crops of interest for stakeholders in Samoa and Cape York Peninsula, Australia. A range of publications on various aspects of breadfruit have been produced within this project. DPI&F staff have been working with Samoan interests to encourage exports, by enhancing the information capabilities of Ministry of Agriculture staff. The name breadfruit is well known in Australia but the fruit and its uses are not. Breadfruit is a minor industry in Australia supplying the local fresh fruit market with an estimated annual production of 20 tonnes, worth approx. A.$50 000 farm gate. The main production area is coastal north Queensland, between latitudes 15 18 degrees south. Peak production is in February and March. The prospects for market growth are good, particularly if the period of availability is extended by new varieties, geographic diversification and / or by accessing imported product. Breadfruit Breadfruit Breadfruit Breadfruit the Australian scenethe Australian scenethe Australian scenethe Australian scene HORTICULTURE CODEHORTICULTURE CODEHORTICULTURE CODEHORTICULTURE CODE GROWER CONCERNS ARE GENUINE GROWER CONCERNS ARE GENUINE GROWER CONCERNS ARE GENUINE GROWER CONCERNS ARE GENUINE The ACCC Horticulture Code of Conduct (HCC) information sessions conducted recently have highlighted some concerns and fundamental flaws that were not previously recognised by grower representatives. While industry lobbied strongly to have the first point of sale from farm gate covered under the code, the ACCC interpretations of first point of sale have raised concerns . Pack houses that offer marketing as a service , will be included in the code as the first transaction , thus excluding the next transaction to the wholesale trader. This also applies to grower owned pack houses . Ultimately growers operating in these environments will be exposed to the same trading issues that have always existed. The ACCC have indicated that under the code, pooling of growers fruit is not permitted . This has major implications for grower owned cooperatives and pack houses where growers market together to manage supply to markets. A fundamental flaw is that the code excludes buyers agents. If an agent is working as an agent to the grower he is included under the code but as a buyers agent he is not. There are major concerns as to how this will play out in the market and the impact that this will have on prices achieved for growers. The market chambers recent decision to align its quality specifications with retailer specifications indicates that there will be a major shift in agents trading relationships . These concerns have been raised with Minister McGauran . The code , the conduct of traders and the impacts will be closely monitored and reviewed. Draft terms of trade and horticulture produce agreements will be available soon.

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