Northern Australian tropical fruits on the road in time for Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year will be celebrated all over Asia next Friday. For tropical fruit farms across northern Australia, the race is on to get their colourful fruits down to the city markets in time. The New Year celebrations are big business for tropical fruits such as dragon fruit, rambutans, lychees and longans.

Kerry Eupene, who grows rambutans near Darwin, said the harvest on his farm had ramped up in time: "The season is a fair bit later this year and in one way that is bad because we missed the Christmas markets, but it's working out well now because we're right on time for Chinese New Year.” reported how the Northern Territory's largest dragon fruit farm had a very busy week, getting fruit picked and packed in time to get on the last trucks to Sydney and Melbourne. Marcus Karlsson said the timing of this year's crop was perfect: "We've been very lucky with the weather, the monsoon [at the end of January] stopped a day before we were due to start picking. Timing is important, because the trucks only leave on Monday and Thursday, so you need to catch them on time.”

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