Wet and busy: Katherine mango season reaches its peak
Thu 27 Nov 2014, 10:12pm
The Katherine region of the Northern Territory has reached its peak harvest period for mangoes.
Last week over 430,000 trays were trucked out of Katherine and similar numbers are expected this week, however rain could slow picking.
There's been heavy and reasonably widespread rain across the Top End this week.
"It's ideal if the growers can wait to let the fruit dry out before picking," advises Boyd Arthur from the Australian Mango Industry Association.
"The mangoes will suck up the moisture and handling when it's like that can leave marks on the fruit and downgrade it later on," he said.
"We've had about an inch [of rain] or so, which has slowed the harvest down, but they should be able to get going again in a day or so."
The price for second grade mangoes has dropped below $14 a tray in some markets, which is below the cost of production for many growers.
Mr Arthur says quality fruit is still selling well and the price for premium grade mangoes has actually gone up $5 a tray in the last week, meaning those trays are selling for around $36 each.