While other mango-growing areas have been challenged by the weather, Central Queensland has been in a sweet spot this season. The region experienced near perfect mango-growing conditions with rain at the right time and warm days to accelerate fruit growth.
Labour could have been an issue, some growers, like Central Queensland couple Daniel and Alice Rye, who bought their orchard five years ago and have just finished their fourth season, packed off a quarter of a million more mangoes than last year. They were alerted to the potential labour shortages early last year and they were able to plan accordingly. By August, a combination of locals and backpackers were locked in for picking, with several backpacking couples returning for their third season.
Photo source: Dreamstime.com