AUSTRALIA: First Western Australia mangoes of the year sent to Perth markets


by Matt Brann, abc news

 

 

The early fruit from Kununurra is expected to fetch a premium price, with previous years suggesting a price-tag of up to $100 a tray.

 

Based in Kununurra, Geoff Warnock, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, said the quality of the first fruit looked good.

 

“So the first consignment went out on Monday’s truck and is due into Perth today [Thursday],” he said.

 

“They looked very good, but there’s limited supply.

 

“This is a start, but it’ll be a few more weeks until the main crop comes online.”

 

Mr Warnock expects the bulk of the Kununurra mango crop will be harvested in November.

 

Like other mango producing regions of northern Australia this year, the warmer than average dry season in Kununurra has created a late and very mixed flowering, meaning the harvest will be stop-and-start for some growers.

 

The vast majority of mangoes from Kununurra will be sent to Perth, a market which is already receiving some mangoes from the Northern Territory.

 

Mr Warnock is expecting good demand for Ord Valley mangoes this year and not too much competition from NT fruit.

 

“The Northern Territory have had their own problems with delayed-flowering and they’re experiencing rain already, which doesn’t help the crop out much,” he said.

 

“So we’ll be fine, and I think nature’s got its own way of sorting these things out.”

 

The Northern Territory’s mango season is ramping up, with over 15,000 trays dispatched out of the Top End last week.

The first NT mangoes were picked in July this year.

 

Source: abc news




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