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AUSTRALIA : Northern Territory mango season gathering pace with growers busy harvesting fruit near Darwin

Updated yesterday at 11:15pm


The Northern Territory mango season is now well underway with most of the growers around Darwin busy picking this week.

Mangoes from the NT have been dribbling into markets for more than a month, but the harvest is really starting to ramp up.

Tim Elliott from Berry Creek Packing said plenty of NT mangoes were heading to markets around Australia.

"It's ramped up this week for sure and over the next two weeks it looks like we'll have really good volumes of fruit," he told ABC Rural.

"We've got about 60 people working here on the [packing shed] floor and we're currently putting out around 8,000 trays a day.

"So that's about three semi-trailer loads a day of mangoes, predominately going to Sydney and Melbourne, with a little bit to Adelaide and Brisbane."

Because of some unusual weather during the dry season, the mango harvest in the Top End will be split between September and November this year.

Mr Elliott is not expecting the split harvest to cause too many issues to his business.

"Having smaller numbers [of fruit] in October is going to be really unusual, but it will be sort of good because we're hitting it pretty hard now, so to get a break will be good.

"Everyone can re-group and there's no rush because there's no falling market in October.

"So people will be picking for maturity, so it should help the quality [of fruit] and the industry as a whole."

Mr Elliott said the quality of the fruit so far this year had been great and the internal colour of the fruit was some of the best he had seen.

The Northern Territory's mango harvest will this year peak in early November.

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