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Australia to petition against Fiji ginger imports

October 23, 2012 4:15 am

The secretary to the Australian Ginger Association, Kylie Templeton, believes results from a senate inquiry into the importation risks of fresh Fiji ginger could make or break the industry.

The inquiry, starting today, led by Queensland Senator Ron Boswell will examine a report from DAFF Biosecurity that Templeton believes is far too lenient in its quarantine requirements.

According to an Australian media report, Templeton claimed “Fijian ginger has severe problems with pest and diseases.”

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She said if it gets into Australia, it could wipe out 70% of their crop.

Earlier this year, Biosecurity Fiji and its Australian counterparts signed an agreement allowing ginger exports to resume, after years of lobbying by authorities here.

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