TECHNOLOGY : Mango quality in firing line with near-infrared scanning gun used to measure fruit quality
ABC Rural By Matt Brann
Updated about 2 hours ago
More and more growers and mango businesses are turning to technology to make sure the quality of their fruit is spot on before sending them to market.
00:00 AUDIO: Boyd Arthur explains how to use a dry matter testing gun on mangoes (ABC Rural)
Boyd Arthur, from the Australian Mango Industry Association, demonstrated one of the tools on offer, known as a dry matter gun.
The gun is a hand-held device which uses near-infrared scanning to measure the dry matter and moisture content of fruit.
"We're using this gun to determine the maturity of fruit in a non-destructive manner and it can be done while the fruit is still on the tree," Mr. Arthur said.
"The real aim of the game with this, is that after putting in all that hard work growing the fruit, the grower can then pick the fruit at the optimum maturity level.
"If we can use this technology to give us an idea of when to start our harvesting practices, and reduce picking immature fruit, the better off the industry will be."
According to the NT Department of Primary Industry, when a mango has over 14 per cent dry matter, it is considered mature enough to pick and will ripen properly, with a good flavour.
The Department recommends that mango dry matter should be used in conjunction with the other maturity indicators of heat sums, internal flesh colour and external colour and shape.