Research to highlight export weak links

By Country News

Agriculture Victoria is holding a meeting for cherry growers on August 16, with research scientist Glenn Hale presenting the results from his research on temperature monitoring for Victorian cherries via air-freight to Vietnam.

Mr Hale will discuss his observations from ‘real-time’ monitoring of cherries being exported to Vietnam.

‘‘This work highlighted weak spots in the export cool chain of cherries transported from Victoria through to Saigon and Ho Chi Minh City,’’ Mr Hale said.

Mr Hale will highlight where the issues were found and will present some recommendations.

These results were recently presented at an export growers’ workshop in Canberra.

Mr Hale will also discuss different types of temperature data loggers.

‘‘There are many types of temperature data loggers available to industry for remote monitoring of fruit, however, each type of logger has its own merits ranging from ease of use, cost, accuracy, reliability, single-use or reusable, SMS/email notifications and airline approved,’’ he said.

■The meeting will be held on Friday, August 16, at Agriculture Victoria’s Tatura office in the executive room, 255 Ferguson Rd, from 11.30am to 12.30pm.