Top End farmer Andrew Dalglish has went on record saying a record-low wet season and shortage of seasonal workers prevented him producing up to 80 per cent of his mango crop last year. But while Top End mango growers suffered losses totalling about $10 million last year, they are expecting a record crop for the 2021 season, after heavy rainfall across the region since October.
The Northern Territory has, in recent years, produced more than half of Australia's mango supply. However, the Bureau of Meteorology indicates that the 2020 wet season was the worst on record for Katherine, one of the Top End's main growing areas, with just 457 millimetres of rain compared to an average of 1,025 millimetres in previous years.
Katherine grower Francesco Agnello said he lost $20,000 or 25 per cent of his crop because of a shortage of workers to pick his 2,000 trees. He told abc.net.au that neighbouring farmers shared the picking to try to stem losses but the poor season still meant his family had to rely on income from savings to make up for the shortfall in profit.
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