South Korean strawberry exports to Australia to begin this year

South Korean farmers will be able to export fresh strawberries to Australia starting this year, as the two nations have agreed on quarantine protocols, the agriculture ministry said Thursday.

In 2008, South Korea requested that Australia give it access to its market for fresh strawberries, and the two sides have carried out talks on quarantine standards and other issues since 2014.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said it will prepare follow-up measures on fruit exports and notify local farms next month.

The country's peak strawberry production period runs from January to March and most of the produce is grown in greenhouses.

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Publication date: 10/19/2017