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AUSTRALIA : Excess mangoes in Northern Territory forces grower to withdraw from industry

"What a difference a year makes ! If this grower had just held on for one more season, he would be singing a different song. After last year's bumper crop, Northern territory mango growers are reaping some of he highest prices per tray in years"

~ Will Cavan
Executive Director
International Mango Organization (IMO)

NT Country Hour

By Marty McCarthy

Updated 2 Oct 2014, 4:13pm

Thu 2 Oct 2014, 4:13pm

A Darwin farmer says the Northern Territory now grows too many mangoes and the competitiveness amongst growers is working against them.

Dave Cormac recently ripped up 3,000 mango trees on his farm at Middle Point farm and now only grows melons and pumpkins.

He says the huge numbers of mangoes being grown in Australia produces strong competition and some farmers inevitably lose out.

"Those that get on the market early will do ok, but a high percentage won't make a cent,"
he said.

"We've only got 20-odd million people in this country and if you overload a market, it doesn't matter what it is, someone is going to lose.

"You could have 10 semitrailers on the transport system to market, and if price drops to below the cost of production, then you've got a bill at the end of the day."

Mr Cormac says not only is oversupply an issue, but the stringent regulations demanded by overseas markets are difficult to overcome.

"One of the biggest problems is talking to the Chinese authorities because it's really a barrier to us,"
Mr. Cormac said.

"The regulations are for non-chemical control of fruit fly, which left only the method of vapour heat, which becomes a very expensive operation and the facilities are just not available to do it adequately."

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