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AU: Mango season in Top End off to "best start in 10 years"
The Top End mango season is off to the best start in 10 years, according to a packing shed manager in Darwin's rural area.
The Berry Creek mango packing shed processes fruit for about 40 farms across the Darwin rural area and Pine Creek, which is about 25 per cent of the Northern Territory's crop.
Manager Tim Elliott said the 2017 season was off to a "ripper" start.
"It was an early start to the season, we started packing in July and we have about a third of our crop out and we are only coming into mid-September," he said.
"The fruit has been amazing this year. We have had dry conditions so the fruit has ripened up nicely. It is quite clean.
"It's been an exceptional year — as good as I have seen it in the last 10 years."
The shed was packing up to 200 bins per day into three or four truck trailers, to be sent to southern markets.
"We have just been doing that constantly for the last few weeks, which is great for the workforce, the transport and the box companies to have a nice steady flow [of work], not like last year when we had the season happen in about three weeks," Mr Elliott said.
"This year we will have the season over 12 weeks, so it's great for market forces, pricing, everybody."
Kensington Pride mangoes were fetching up to $55 in Melbourne and R2E2 mangoes were selling for up to $50 in Adelaide last week.
Mr Elliott said despite southern states experiencing cooler weather, there was still decent demand for the fruit.
"Even though we are putting out some good numbers there hasn't been a glut of fruit and [the markets] are clearing it quite quickly," he said.
"[Southern states] are going to have a warm spell in the next week or so and all of a sudden summer will hit and people will be away to get stone fruit and into that summer feel."
"I think demand for mangoes will be quite strong and supply will be limited, so I'd say pricing until Christmas will be quite good."
Publication date: 9/18/2017
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