Indian pomegranates will soon arrive at Australian supermarkets for the first time as, following an import risk assessment, the Australian government has completed the much-awaited import protocol for fresh pomegranate fruit from India.
Australia’s high commissioner to India, Barry O’Farrell: “While Australia already produces pomegranates, India is well placed as one of the world’s largest pomegranate producers to meet shortfalls in the Australian market.” He added that India was well placed to satisfy Australia’s growing demand for pomegranates, which is fuelled by their use in restaurants and in cooking shows.
Australia has already been importing two fruits –mangoes and grapes– from India. More fruits can be exported to Australia if Indian exporters meet biosecurity conditions.
“There are biosecurity conditions which must be met by Australian importers, and I encourage Indian exporters to work with their customers and Indian export authorities to ensure Australia’s importing country requirements are met,” said O’Farrell.
India has already been exporting pomegranates to many countries for years. Besides, pomegranates, other fruits such as grapes, mangoes, bananas and oranges account for a larger portion of fruits exported from the country.