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AUSTRALIA : Mangoes start to trickle in from Katherine and Kununurra as season ramps up

ABC Rural By Matt Brann and Tyne McConnon

Updated 2 Oct 2014, 6:01pm

Thu 2 Oct 2014, 6:01pm


Over 17,000 trays of mangoes were trucked out of the Darwin region last week and markets are also starting to get fruit from Katherine (NT) and Kununurra (WA).

Prices are holding up, with first grade mangoes averaging $45 a tray in both the Sydney and Melbourne markets.

Boyd Arthur, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, says the Katherine season is shaping up well.

"Katherine is definitely going to have a reasonable season, not a bumper crop, but a reasonable season," Mr. Arthur said.

"If quality stays up, the average [mango price] will definitely hold for a while.

"It'll change with volumes going through into the season, but at this stage there's no reason why the prices shouldn't stay [strong]."

AUDIO: Weekly mango wrap from AMIA's Boyd Arthur (ABC Rural)

The annual Mango Auction will be held in Brisbane on October 9.

Kununurra fruit hits Perth market

The mango season in the Kimberley's Ord Valley is off to a slow start.

Growers have noticed a lot of the flowering dropping off the trees in the last few months, which has led to lower than expected yields.

Quentin Parker from Parker Poynt Packhouse says last year was one of the worst seasons on record for Ord mango growers and they're desperate for a turn-around.

"It's not quite how I would like it, but a trickling start is a good expression."

"Most of my growers are starting to pick tomorrow but it wont be huge amounts,"
said Mr Parker.

Mr Parker say it's a slow start but definitely an improvement on last year.

Growers in the region are mostly unsure of why the season isn't proving to be the bumper season expected.

Mr Parker says he believes it's due to the changes in the valley's temperature.

"Over the last couple of years we have had lots of fruit drop and we have had a couple of years where we have had incredibly cold Augusts, some of the coldest on record.

"I am wondering whether it's the affect of exceptionally cold nights and reasonably warm days."

With lower than expected yields Mr Parker says prices are staying quite high.

"I can't vouch for today but in the last week we have had anything between $80 and $120."

Mr Parker says he has had interest from China this year however yields are too low to export.

"We just need to get our production up which I know sounds stupid because we are normally saying we have too many mangoes we don't know what to do with them."

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