SOURCE: Matt Brann, ABC Rural
The Australian mango industry has released its final numbers for the 2019/20 season, and they show Australia produced more than 10.6 million trays of the tropical fruit.
It was the nation’s third biggest mango crop on record and the third season in a row the industry surpassed 10 million trays.
The Northern Territory cemented its spot as the nation’s biggest mango producer, growing about 52 per cent of the national crop.
Australian Mango Industry Association CEO Robert Gray said the season around Darwin was a record for the region.
“The Darwin region represented 67 per cent of Northern Territory’s total crop and means 35 per cent of the national mango crop came from around Darwin,” he said.
Mr Gray said it was tough to say if the Northern Territory had now permanently surpassed Queensland’s production and would continue to hold the title of biggest mango producer.
“Darwin has seen a lot of new plantings of Calypsos, Honey Golds, R2E2s and some Kensington Prides, but we’re seeing that trend right across the country,” he said.
“So whilst the NT had the edge this year [in terms of numbers] I think it’ll be touch-and-go each year going forward.”
Australia heading towards 15 million trays
Mr Gray said the mango industry was continuing to expand and would grow 50 per cent over the next five to 10 years.
“I think we’re on track to see the industry produce 12 million to 13 million trays consistently each season and then on some on-years produce up to 15 million trays,” he said.
“But we’re also seeing a growth in value, which has very much been our focus, we don’t want to be busy-fools growing a lot more for less money, we are achieving growth that increases the dollar-returns to growers.”
Mr Gray said the mango industry had a retail value of around $300 million and was benefitting from having more varieties and a longer national season, which now stretches from about August through to March.
“I’m confident about the industry’s future and we’ve got good plans with our export strategy, which this year represented about 13 per cent,” he said.