More Australian peaches, plums and apricots will be seen in China after Australia inked a deal with the world’s most populated country allowing more local stone fruit to be exported.
The deal has been hailed as a ‘‘game changer’’ for the Goulburn Valley.
The protocol allows peaches, plums and apricots to be fully exported to China, opening up trade corridors for Goulburn Valley growers, and the potential, some say, for business expansion.
Greater Shepparton City Council chief executive Peter Harriott said it was great news for growers.
‘‘That is a game-changer for the Goulburn Valley,’’ Mr Harriott said of the protocol signing.
‘‘It gives the opportunity for our fruit growers to access other markets.
‘‘But it does say to us, if exports are going to be a growing area, how do we actually transport the fruit?’’
Committee for Greater Shepparton chief Sam Birrell described the improved market access as hugely significant, because of the ‘‘enormous market in China’’.
‘‘These stone fruits are crops that grow incredibly well in the Goulburn Valley and I expect to see this lead to an increase in plantings and exports,’’ Mr Birrell said.