​​Media Release

​Warm reception for cold treatment horticulture workshop

28 May 2015

Representatives from the ASEAN nations of Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Philippines and Vietnam are currently joining Australian biosecurity experts at a workshop on cold treatment of horticulture products.

Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, said cold treatment of horticultural produce underpinned global trade.

Cold treatment is the preferred treatment to manage possible plant pests for many of Australia’s trading markets, and is a welcome alternative to other methods, such as fumigation,” Minister Joyce said.

“Research shows cold treatments—storage at temperatures of zero to three degrees—can effectively kill fruit fly and other pests and help to preserve fruit quality. It is a common treatment applied to produce like citrus fruit and stone fruit.”

Minister Joyce commended workshop participants from Federal, state, local governments and industry for the workshop.

“This workshop is a key opportunity to share our skills and expertise with trading partners from across Asia’s south-east,” Minister Joyce said. 

“Australian representatives are gaining valuable insight into the ASEAN experience with cold treatments.

“Over the course of the workshop participants will learn the science behind cold treatment and its importance to Australia’s horticulture exports, and hear more about Australia’s stringent export and import requirements. 

“Participants also have the opportunity to see the inspection process first-hand, visiting treatment rooms and seeing the work behind the valuable certification which proves our exporters have met the requirements of importing countries.

“This workshop is an opportunity to complement the extensive work conducted on shore, off shore and at the border to manage pest and disease risks and promote confidence in the use of cold treatments for Australia’s horticultural produce,” Minister Joyce said.

The Cold Treatment Workshop activities are being held in the Mildura area and the Port of Melbourne from 26 to 29 May 2015.​