JANUARY 27, 2015 8:31PM
Carlo Lorenti, owner of Clayfield Markets Fresh. Pic Steve Pohlner
NEARLY 100 million Australian-grown mangoes will be sold this summer as the industry harvests its best crop in five years.
“We’ve had good weather which allows us to grow a good-quality product, that creates more demand, hence the price being nice and reasonable,” Queensland grower Gavin Scurr said.
Mr Scurr, who is also chairman of the Australian Mango Industry Association, said sales for the traditional October to March season were up 10 million from the previous year.
Mr Scurr said a grower would typically get about 50 per cent of the price of a mango that retails for $2.50.
“If you’ve got a good crop, you need $1.25-1.30 coming back to the farm per piece to stay in the game. If you’ve got a lighter crop you really need more than that. As farmers, we’d like to see a figure more like $1.50 return to us per piece.”
Carlo Lorenti, who owns Clayfield Markets Fresh, has mangoes priced from $2.50 to $4.
“When I sell a $2.50 mango, I would hope to be making 40-50 per cent on that,” he said. “It’s definitely been one of the better seasons we’ve had out of the last couple - we’ve had a good run and I can see it continuing for a few more weeks.”