Northern Territory workshops to introduce crop forecasts

The highly anticipated Mango Crop Forecast for 2014 is now available at the AMIA website. The Crop Forecast provides expected mango supply times for the main production regions in Australia and includes crop volume predictions for the Northern Territory and information on flowering and fruit set from all Australian production regions. A combination of flowering dates, heat sums and information provided by growers in the key production regions has been used to develop the forecast.

AMIA CEO Robert Gray said the forecast is the first of many that will be issued throughout the season. “This forecast is focused on the expected timing of the crop, rather than volumes. Future forecasts will discuss expected volumes once fruit set has occurred. This data gives people in the industry current information to assist with planning and decision making,” he said.

 “AMIA will be discussing these forecasts, as well as opportunities to grow the Australian mango industry, at the upcoming Mango 2014 Season Workshops in Darwin and Katherine.

“The NT mango season is just around the corner and the workshops give people in the industry the opportunity to get together and look at what they can do to make this season a success. We want to touch base with everyone to make sure we are heading in the same direction.

“There are a number of initiatives that will be put in place this season which will work towards improving quality across the board and are crucial to the success of the industry. We have recently appointed a Supply Development Manager to work with growers one-on-one to rectify any issues with quality, so that there is a premium quality of mangoes going out to our eager and awaiting consumers,” Mr Gray said.

A breakfast workshop for the Darwin region will be held at the Noonamah Tavern from 8am on Wednesday 13th August 2014. The Katherine Region workshop will be held from 5.30pm on Wednesday 13th August at the Seven Fields packing shed in Katherine. The workshops will include presentations on the mango industry plan and future direction, issues that are impacting mango quality, consumer research and mango marketing.

These workshops follow on from a successful Grower Field Day, held in Mareeba on the 30th July.

“We had overwhelmingly positive feedback following the Mareeba Field Day. The people in attendance reported that they went away with a feeling of optimism about the direction the industry is taking. This is so important because we need everybody within the industry to play their part and become involved to make this a success,” Mr Gray said.

The next forecast will be issued on the first Monday in September, followed by weekly updates throughout the season. To view the Mango Crop Forecast, please click here.