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Improving the profile and fostering the development of the tropical exotic fruit industry in Australia

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The tropical exotic fruit industry is reportedly worth over $9 million annually. 

The Tropical Exotic Fruit Australia (TEFA) was established in 2007, following a merger of the Rambutan and Tropical Exotic Growers Association Incorporated (RTEGA) of Queensland with the Rambutan and Tropical Exotic Fruit sub-groups of the Northern Territory Horticultural Association.

Its main function is to improve the profile and to foster the development of this growing industry by coordinating and commissioning national research and development projects in partnership with RIRDC and others. 

TEFA represents members across three states and territories in Northern Australia.

TEFA's management committee comprises of three Queensland representatives and two Northern Territory representatives. Committee members are elected by commercial grower members in their respective regions. Local Advisory Committees have been appointed in NT, QLD and WA to report to Management Committee. The NT Horticultural Association (NTHA) based in Darwin, has been appointed to provide secretariat services to TEFA.

The various types of tropical exotic fruits are:

  • Rambutan
  • Mangosteen
  • Abiu
  • Black Sapote
  • Breadfruit
  • Carambola
  • Durian
  • Jackfruit
  • Pitaya
  • Rollinia
  • Soursop
  • Star Apple

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