Three key contributors to the development of the Australian mango industry were recognised for their outstanding commitment at the 12th Australian Mangoes Conference.
Identified in the Mango SIAP Strategic Investment Plan for 2017-2021 was a key challenge addressing a lack of skilled workforce and an aging industry. To solve this issue, Hort Innovation have partnered with program delivery partners Rimfire Resources and Australian Rural Leadership Foundation (ARLF) with an aim to increase graduate interest in careers across the Australian horticultural sector, including mangoes.
At a recent workshop in Darwin, industry representatives heard that mango growing regions are set to warm up over the coming decades, with potentially serious impacts on mango production. Add in other changes, such as more intense rainfall events, and the news isn’t good. However, action now by growers with an eye to the future will help ensure enterprises remain sustainable.
Understanding available climate change information is critical to this forward planning.
A successful partnership between the ARC Training Centre for Innovative Horticultural Products, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania and the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources is driving research to help understand the causes and control of resin canal discolouration (RCD).
Over the past five years the entire Australian Mango Industry has united in the quest to meet and exceed consumer’s expectation of a great mango experience, our efforts have fuelled an ever increasing appetite, resulting in more households buying mangoes, and buying on more occasions.
Red banded mango caterpillar (RBMC; Deanolis sublimbalis) is considered a serious threat to Australia’s mango industry. Though, RBMC has not reached any commercial mango plantations in Australia and poses no immediate threat to the mango industry, the pest has caused commercial losses in the order of 10-15% in tropical parts of Asia. It has also been detected at several locations near the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula.
The 2018/2019 mango season saw some extreme weather events, especially in The Tablelands where the region experienced high temperatures followed by extreme rainfall. AMIA thought it a prudent time to give growers a refresher on reducing lenticel damage; both on-farm and in the packing shed.
China had more than 700 million Internet users in 2017 and has emerged as the world leader in e-commerce (Marinova 2017). Increasingly, Chinese consumers are shopping online for fresh fruits and vegetables because they don’t have to pay for storage and handling costs associated with traditional retail channels. This trend could point to a potential market for Australian mangoes.
Maintaining an effective cold chain by monitoring temperature is the most important thing you can do to ensure the best quality product when it arrives in market. In the past, temperature loggers had to be retrieved to access the data, but a new generation of loggers can give you real-time information about the temperature and location of your consignment without relying on someone to retrieve the logger and send data to you.
Work on a new pilot project promising to enhance quality monitoring of northern Australian mangoes and reduce food waste kicked off in the Burdekin this month. CRCNA-backed startup, Trust Provenance, implemented the solution at Manbulloo’s Horseshoe Lagoon property, with the trial now monitoring mangoes as they are boxed, stacked in pallets and loaded onto trucks ready to be sent to market.