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AUSTRALIA: Growers keep close eye on wet mangoes ...

By Charlie McKillop

Wednesday, 30/01/2013

Mango growers in Far North Queensland are keeping a watchful eye on their sodden crops to ward against the increased threat of pest and disease.

With most of the Kensington Pride and R2E2 fruit now picked, attention is focused on protecting other varieties yet to be harvested.

Deb Nucifora, at Mareeba, says the big wet was welcome, but keeping her Keitt and Brookes mangoes pest-free in the final critical stage of their growing season will be a challenge.

"Sometimes you go out and you spray and you think you've got a few hour break, then the rain comes and it literally washes all that money off the trees that you've just sprayed on there," he said.

"So it can be a bit heartbreaking at times, but we've still got a few weeks until we go in and pick all of our Keitts, so for that, we're very fortunate."

The harvest season may be over for some far northern mango growers, but for others there is still plenty of work to d…

FRESHFRUIT PORTAL: U.S. importers report rocky start for Peruvian mango campaign ...

January 29th, 2013

As Ecuador closes its campaign, logistical trouble has set Peru’s mango export season off to a rough start according to some U.S. importers.                                                                          

David Ponce of grower relations at Amazon Produce Network described a shaky trade situation that has created uncertainty on the receiving end.

“They had a rough start. At the beginning there was a lot of volume from Ecuador. Then with the possible strike on the East Coast ports, they were concerned and stopped shipping and shipped a little more to the West Coast,” Ponce said.

“Then they had the strike that lasted around a week in Peru. The small growers wanted more money for their mangoes. It was a strike that really affected packing that week, week one.”

“There were a lot of mangoes left on trees and they got a little mature. They were ripening on the trees because they were not harvested when they were supposed to. A little bit of that fruit they still harv…