by Matt Brann, abc news
The national crop forecast by Australian Mangoes (AMIA) is predicting the Northern Territory to produce 3.5 million trays, Queensland to produce similar volumes, with the remaining trays coming from Western Australia, New South Wales and small volumes from Victoria.
AMIA industry development manager Trevor Dunmall said it was shaping to be a good season for consumers.
“Last season we produced 8.7 million trays and this year, looking around all of the growing districts, we think we might get close to the 8.7 million trays, but maybe not quite,” he said.
“There’s some good crop coming on, but some growers’ [yields] are a bit down on last year.”
Mr Dunmall said a warmer than average dry season across northern Australia had delayed the flowering of mango trees, which had delayed the harvest.
“While there’s some fruit coming out of the NT, the main volumes aren’t expected to come out until the last week of October and early November.”
Mr Dunmall said the industry was not expecting too much overlap between the harvest times of different regions.
He said export volumes were likely to increase again this season as overseas markets continued to grow,especially America.
Nearly 12,000 trays were dispatched out of the Darwin region last week, with mangoes also starting to trickle into the market from Katherine in the Northern Territory and Kununurra in Western Australia.
Class 1 Kensington Pride mangoes are fetching up to $70 a tray in the Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide markets.
The biggest crop on record for the Australian mango industry occurred in 2014/15, when growers produced 9.4 million trays.
That record will no doubt be broken in coming years as more and more trees are planted and newer plantations mature.
Source: abc news