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This Newsletter, we're outlining the steps being taken to develop a manifesto that focuses on THE OTHER SIDE.

The objective of THE OTHER SIDE is to start researching and discussing what opportunities will be available for the export of Tasmanian vegetables and fruit post COVID-19. 

Australia is ahead of the curve right now. Will other countries be in a similar position, or will the strength that resides in doing the hard yards now be sidelined by those countries who didn’t go as hard as Australia and Tasmania?

Will secondary infection be a consideration, here or in other countries?

Once there – at THE OTHER SIDE – what then?

Following last week’s announcement, there have been a dozen or so responses confirming that people are happy to join “THE OTHER SIDE”.

Already I have been having some preliminary discussions as to directions and what the guiding parameters may be as COVID-19 continues to unfold. It will be a challenge to untangle the spaghetti.

It will be some time before any strategies are drafted to assist businesses in their consideration. There will be media platforms for updates and webinars that will provide opportunities for presentations and discussion. 

THE OTHER SIDE will openly interact with others who have similar objectives. As was clearly identified last Friday at the IFAM industry briefing, there are no competitors anymore; we need to work together to get to THE OTHER SIDE. 

 
Be part of the challenge.
Click here to say 
I'm happy to join in "The Other Side"
There are some guiding parameters. Others will emerge, but here is a start
 
Workforce and labour
  • There will be industry and individual business consideration of labour availability. Will they come back? Will border restrictions still include self-isolation?
  • Best communication channels to government
  • Digitalisation and flexible workplaces – what have we all learned and how to leverage the advantages
  • Food safety in the workplace
Freight and Logistics
  • Freight is critical for any exports
  • Already, there are suggestions that the reintroduction of international travel is still 6-9 months away
  • Which air and sea freight carriers will still be operating? Have there been mergers and/or rationalisation of services?
  • Best communication channels to government
Availability of inputs
  • Very shortly, vegetable growers will need to decide which crops to plant and how many hectares
  • Fruit growers will have to assess next season’s production and what berries to plant in protected cropping
  • Are there disruptions to inputs including agronomy, specialist advice, PA, etc
  • Best communication channels to government
Food safety and continuity
  • Oil prices have slumped, this will impact packaging costs. Importantly, will click-and-collect business continuity models require higher usage of disposable packaging?
  • Best communication channels to government 
Consumer behaviour and markets
  • How to balance domestic supply with exports? They do go hand-in-hand
  • Information and feedback that has been streaming to me digitally and anecdotally show that overseas trading channels have adopted continuity models that underpin strategies that are enabling businesses to trade through COVID-19 and arrive at THE OTHER SIDE
  • Best communication channels to government
  • How will we reengage with overseas customers?
Be part of the challenge.
Click here to say 
I'm happy to join in "The Other Side"
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