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.
The Optimising Nutrient Management for Improved Productivity and Fruit Quality in Mangoes Project, aims to maximise nitrogen use efficiency in the Australian mango industry, to increase productivity, profitability and good environmental management.
Mango growers, agronomists and researchers were treated to a spectacular view of the latest innovations in mango orchard design at the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) Walkamin Research Facility on the 23 November. Approximately 45 mango industry stakeholders attended the morning event.
For the first time, Australia’s mango, avocado and macadamia orchards have been mapped. The map delivers new foundation information for industry in an easily accessible online web map for improved decision-making, biosecurity and natural disaster response, recovery and monitoring.
The Queensland Agriculture Workforce Network (QAWN) is an initiative of the Queensland Government, designed to assist the state’s food and fibre producers with local employment opportunities and skills training.
Since 2013, the Small Tree High Productivity Initiative has been researching ways to improve the productivity of several tree crops through better canopy management of high density orchard systems. This article provides an update on several aspects of the mango research and its implications for mango production.
Video is a great tool for mango growers seeking information or learning a new technique. Video as a visual information resource is highly suitable for the ‘hands-on’ personalities of many agriculturists, who often prefer to learn from visual instruction, compared with written prescriptions.
A report has now been released by 2015 Nuffield Scholar and Northern Territory producer, Han Shiong Siah, following his research into methods to control flying feral vermin.