New South Wales-based Anderson Horticulture is responsible for supplying about 30 per cent of Australia's avocado trees. The company is looking to start trialling new varieties with growers in the Katherine region within 12 months.
It has become obvious that Australia's biggest avocado nursery is confident the Northern Territory can become home to a thriving industry able to produce the fruit for domestic and export markets.
Graham Anderson said a lack of varieties suited to the Top End climate had long been a hurdle for developing a NT avocado industry — but that was about to change. "We've now got great varieties for this area, the best one I can think of is the Maluma," he told abc.net.au. "It's a variety from South Africa — it looks like a Hass but produces better. It's preferred on the European market and I think here [in the Katherine region] it has got huge potential."
Anderson said the Maluma variety was already being trialled at Lakeland in far north Queensland and was doing "extremely well". Speaking to ABC Rural at the Northern Food Futures Roadshow in Katherine, Mr Anderson said avocados could play a big role in the NT's plan to boost the annual value of plant-based industries to beyond $1 billion by 2030.