Every year, farmers in the Darwin rural area spend a lot of money and effort to get their trees to fruit early in order to get their green mangoes to market around April or May and capitalise on higher prices. But this year the number of Vietnamese mangoes in Australian markets has more than doubled, driving down the price for that early fruit.
According to the Department of Agriculture, 124 tonnes of Vietnamese mangoes were imported in the first six months of 2020, up from 51 tonnes during the same period last year.
ABC Rural has been told the current price for green mangoes has improved greatly as imports have slowed down, with 10-kilogram boxes of Nam Doc Mais from Darwin selling recently in Sydney markets for up to $140 each.
As reported on abc.net.au, the Northern Territory produced 52 per cent of the national mango crop last season, producing around 5.5 million trays of mangoes.