AUSTRALIA : Northern Territory's mango crop forecast downgraded after fruit drop dramas around Darwin
ABC Rural By Matt Brann
The mango industry has downgraded its crop forecast for the Northern Territory after a significant fruit drop event around the Darwin region.
Boyd Arthur from the Australian Mango Industry Association, says the Darwin rural area is now on track to produce 1.6 million trays, down from the original forecast of 1.9 million trays.
"What's happened is there's been a bit of fruit drop, which could have been caused by a number of things," he told ABC Rural.
"The last set of flowering on trees around the Darwin region has resulted in some significant [fruit] drop from trees, which has meant a reduction in the overall [crop] forecast for the Darwin region.
"The pollination conditions, temperature-wise, weren't favourable for that fruit to come through to the next stage, and they just haven't held on the tree, and unfortunately for some growers they've lost a little bit of volume."
Fruit drop is not uncommon, and in previous years has hampered the season around Katherine in the Northern Territory.
The NT's overall crop forecast now sits at around 3.2 million trays, with equal amounts of fruit expected out of the two main growing districts of Darwin and Katherine.
Meanwhile, a tray of NT mangoes from Katherine sold at a charity auction in Brisbane last week for $30,000.
Money raised from the auction went to Diabetes Queensland and Life Education Queensland.
The Queensland mango season is due to start in early November.