Sunraysia citrus growers are reporting an increase in demand as people make healthy choices during coronavirus lockdowns. On farms in and around Mildura, picking of navels has been completed but mandarins are still growing.
Nutrano Sunraysia general manager Tania Chapman said this year had presented some challenges as farms adopted new COVID-19 measures to ensure safety. But fruit quality was being maintained and demand from both domestic and international consumers was strong. Chapman said a push to stay healthy while at home and an uptick in people seeking vitamin C were helping.
She said this year’s harvest was an “off year”, which means a lighter crop. Some Sunraysia citrus growers were dealt a mid-harvest setback in July when New South Wales brought in a hard border that banned seasonal workers from crossing into the state.