Australian ginger growers continue to reject imports from Fiji | Pacific Beat

Australian ginger growers continue to reject imports from Fiji

Australian ginger growers continue to reject imports from Fiji

Updated 24 January 2013, 18:31 AEST

Australia's Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) says it has performed a scientific risk analysis on protecting the country from pests and diseases if ginger is imported from Fiji.

It says this determination does not permit the import of fresh ginger, and department officials will visit Fiji to inspect conditions there.

DAFF says a work plan will have to be developed with the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji so it can show it's complying with Australia's requirements

Ginger growers in Queensland have opposed the imports since the idea was first put forward, and a Senate inquiry into the matter is underway.

Eliza Rogers asked the Chairman of the Australian Ginger Growers Association, Anthony Rehbein, for his reaction to the latest development.

Presenter: Eliza Rogers

Speaker: Chairman of the Australian Ginger Growers Association, Anthony Rehbein

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