Queenslander Rai Bin’s newly planted hybrid mango trees currently represent the largest commercial plantings of three new varieties in Australia – but it’s been a long time coming.
New intensive mango management systems including high-density and trellis designs are currently being trialled by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries in Queensland (DAF) in both the ‘Small Tree High Productivity Initiative’ (STHPI) and the ‘Cyclone Resilience’ projects.
The 2018 pre-season roadshows have begun in earnest. Roadshows have been held in Kununurra, Katherine, Darwin, Bowen, Ayr and Mareeba. Australian Mangoes has been delighted by the turn-out and would like to thank the hundreds of participants who have attended meetings to date.
A new website (apmangonet.org) has been developed to connect researchers engaged in the production and trade of mangoes in the Asia-Pacific region. This new site provides a platform to share research outcomes and allow collaboration between research centres, institutions and supply chain stakeholders.
The last field season is about to kick off for the Charles Darwin University Magpie Goose Research Team. The researchers are studying Magpie Goose biology and ecology and investigating novel management techniques to inform future management programs.
As we finish the season ‘warm up’ and move to the starting line of the 2018 Mango Marathon the anticipation and excitement is palpable! Retailers and consumers across the country are hungry for mangoes, and never has the industry been more perfectly poised to delight their appetite.
Australian mangoes are highly sought after in Asia, particularly as gifts for special occasions. Building this market requires consistent, premium product delivered to consumers. This can only be achieved by all partners along the supply chain working together to prevent loss of quality from poor handling practices.
The successful ACIAR project ‘R&D of integrated crop management for mango production in the southern Philippines and Australia (HORT/2012/019)’ came to an end at the final project workshop held at the Waterfront Hotel in Davao, Philippines on the 24-25 May 2018.
The 2017-2018 season has ended with the largest production in the history of the Australian Mangoes Industry. 10.7 Million trays (7kg equivalent) were sent to market representing a 25% increase in volume over the previous season. Retail prices decreased, but only by 10% leading to a 22% YOY growth in retail value. An excellent result for the industry.
Implementation of Mango PLU labels to incorporate GS1 DataBar for loose product traceability and scannability.