Bushfires and gusty winds over the last 72 hours have wiped out millions of dollars’ worth of mangoes in the Northern Territory. President of the NT Mango Industry Association, Leo Skliros, spoke about Darwin's rural area: "We've heard of one farm that's lost one-third of their property, so probably around 2,000 [mango trees] burnt. Another property at Berry Springs lost up to 500 trees from a fire the day before and there are quite a few other small losses [of trees] at Lambells Lagoon."
Skliros, who runs a mango farm at Berry Springs, said gusty winds had caused a lot of fruit to fall off the trees. "I'd say we've lost 10 per cent of our production over the weekend because of the wind gusts."
It is a disastrous outcome for the NT mango industry which, at one stage, was on track to produce one of its largest ever crops. The crop forecast for the Northern Territory will be revised down in the coming days once more data is collected.
According to abc.net.au, one packing shed manager stated that the NT may now end up producing 20 to 30 per cent less fruit than last year.