Okra from India

We are conducting a risk analysis for okra (Abelmoschus esculentus) from India for human consumption.

When we do a risk analysis, we:

  • review the science on pests and diseases of concern
  • assess and analyse biosecurity risks
  • develop proposed risk management measures, if required
  • consult the public on the draft report and then review comments
  • publish the final report
  • verify that the country can meet the import conditions
  • develop import conditions
  • publish import conditions in our Biosecurity Import Conditions system (BICON).

About the risk analysis

We initiated this risk analysis because India requested market access for fresh okra. Learn more about why we carry out risk analyses and our international obligations.

This risk analysis is being conducted as a review of biosecurity import requirements. This is because we have completed a preliminary assessment of the pests of potential biosecurity concern associated with okra from India and have found that:

  • the pests of concern are the same, or of the same pest groups, as those pests that have been assessed previously for other horticultural goods
  • there are appropriate risk management measures already established for these pests or pest groups.


More information about this risk analysis is available in the Announcement Information Paper.

Download Announcement Information Paper

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, February 2021

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Australia-India trade

India is Australia’s eighth largest trading partner with two-way goods and services totalling $26.2 billion in 2019-20.   

Okra industry in India

India is the world's largest producer of okra with over 60% of the global production. India produces approximately 6 million tonnes of okra per year.

Okra is grown throughout the year with peak production between April and July.

India exports okra to several international markets.

Okra industry in Australia

The Australian okra industry produces over 2,500 tonnes of okra per annum.

Most of Australia’s okra is grown around Darwin in the Northern Territory. Okra is also grown in the Burdekin region and the Lockyer Valley in Queensland, and Carnarvon in Western Australia, with smaller volumes grown in other states.

Australian grown okra is available year-round with peak production between May and July.

The Australian okra industry is focussed on domestic supply mainly to major city markets, including Sydney and Melbourne.

Next steps

We will:

  1. review the science on pests and diseases of concern
  2. assess and analyse the biosecurity risks
  3. develop a draft report, which will propose risk management measures (if required) to manage the identified biosecurity risks.

We will then release the draft report for a 60 calendar day public consultation period. We plan to release the draft report for public consultation by the end of 2021. Please note that this is an indicative timeline and may be subject to change.

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Contact us

For more information, email imports or phone 1800 900 090 (option 1, option 1).

Last reviewed: 8 July 2021
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