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.
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.
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.
Over the last two seasons, the Serviced Supply Chains project has worked with a significant mango exporter to monitor several mango export consignments to China and South Korea. The consignments included one sea and seven air shipments in 2016-17, and three sea and nine air shipments in 2017-18. New monitoring technologies such as RFID-based Xsense (BT9 Ltd) and SIM-based SmartTraxx (Emerson) temperature loggers were used.
While most exporters agree on the importance of temperature monitoring in export consignments, technical limitations and cost have been the main reasons that very little temperature monitoring has occurred through mango export supply chains.
Monitoring of commercial mango export supply chains over the past two seasons has identified a number of instances of poor temperature management that can impact on the fruit quality upon arrival in Asian countries. Poor temperature management can occur at most steps in the supply chain, from farm to retailer, as summarised in the following table.
Australian mangoes in the United States (U.S.) are positioned as a premium, high flavour mango. With the long distance involved from, for example, a packing shed in the Northern Territory (NT) to a retailer in Texas (TX), there are risks of either delays or the fruit being subjected to incorrect temperatures in the supply chain. Any delays and incorrect temperatures could impact on the premium quality necessary in this competitive market.