After the cucurbit trade was reopened last month, Queensland melons can officially go back on New Zealand shelves. New trade conditions agreed to by both the Australian Government and the industry mean that melon exporters can once again send product across the Tasman.
New Zealand suspended Queensland cucurbit fruit trade in December 2019, after the detection of cucumber green mottle mosaic virus on melons exported from Queensland. On March 15 2021, New Zealand officials stated 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 enabled the reinstatement of trade.