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China trade meeting bears big fruit for the Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills cherry growers are set to cash in on exports following China’s agreement to a range of protocols enabling greater market access.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said local growers exporting cherries from the Adelaide Hills to China would have more efficient and less costly options for treating export quality fruit.

“This is a wonderful outcome for Adelaide Hills cherry growers seeking greater access to Australia’s largest export market,” Minister Ruston said.

“This is a significant game changer for Adelaide Hills exporters to China, reducing the need for expensive fruit fly treatments that came directly off growers’ bottom lines.

“It’s the result of long negotiations conducted by the Australian Government, in close consultation with industry, and considerable goodwill on the part of China.”

Member for Morialta John Gardner welcomed the news, saying Adelaide Hills cherry growers and exporters were leading the way in taking advantage of free trade agreements for the benefit of their businesses and their local economy.

“Adelaide Hills growers not only produce some of the best cherries in the world but are also leaders in opening, maintaining and expanding export markets,” Mr Gardner said.

“Combined with the benefits of ongoing tariff reductions under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) and increasing Chinese demand for safe, clean and green Australian horticultural products, this agreement provides Adelaide Hills growers with tremendous opportunities to increase exports and farm gate returns.

“This is also great news for the local economy. This agreement demonstrates how the Government’s trade policies are benefitting rural and regional areas in South Australia.”

Source: Australian Government