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Big year for mangoes: Australia forecast to produce eight million trays

ABC Rural 

By Matt Brann

Posted 5 Sep 2014, 10:41amFri 5 Sep 2014, 10:41am

The Australian mango industry is on track for one of its best seasons ever.

The national forecast is for a bumper harvest of about eight million trays, which is well up on last year's crop of seven million trays.

Boyd Arthur, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, has been visiting mango growing regions across the north and says the flowering and fruit set in all areas has been impressive.

"The consumer can expect great eating quality Australian mangoes this year and plenty of them,"
he said.

"With the [extra] volume, we really need to concentrate now on the quality.

"If we can engage the consumer with good quality pieces of fruit, it'll encourage repeat purchases."

The Northern Territory is expected to produce half of the Australian crop during the 2014/15 season (four million trays), which will be a welcome relief for growers there, who last year suffered one of their worst season's on record.

Mangoes from the Territory have been trickling into the market since June, but the harvest will ramp up in mid to late October.

Speaking to ABC Rural about this week's mango auction in Sydney, Tim Elliott, from W.E Pack near Darwin, says it's shaping up to be 'an exceptional year' for mangoes.

"The quality of the fruit and the colour of the fruit is amazing... it's going to be magic,"
he said.

"There's good volumes starting to come through and I think consumers are going to see the best year they've ever had."

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