QUEENSLAND melons can officially be put back on New Zealand menus after cucurbit trade was reopened last month.
New trade conditions agreed to by the Australian Government and industry mean melon exporters can once again send product across the Tasman.
New Zealand suspended Queensland cucurbit fruit trade in December 2019 following the detection of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus on melons exported from Queensland to New Zealand.
On March 15 2021, New Zealand advised that the suspension had been lifted.
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment assisted Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries developed a Pest Free Place of Production management system, that was endorsed by New Zealand, and subsequently…