As Australians celebrated the first weekend in summer and began the ‘sleigh ride’ into Christmas, mango growers representing all varieties and growing regions from across the country left their farms to take to Sydney streets and experience all the energy and excitement of a mango season at its peak!
This season Australian Mangoes has convened a record number of roadshows achieving record attendance at every one, a strong indictator that we have an industry that is engaged and excited about its future.
Australian Mangoes is proud to be involved in the ACIAR project, Evaluation of agribusiness research and development opportunities for tropical fruit processing in the Asia-Pacific region which is led by Professor Robin Roberts from the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University.
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.
The Australian Mango Industry will be hosting the 2018 Grower Market Tour in Sydney from November 30th to December 3rd.
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.