North Queensland's mango season will really be getting underway in the next couple of weeks. Although inconsistent weather patterns influenced flowering in some northern regions, growers still remain optimistic. Australian Mango Industry Association chief executive officer Brett Kelly hopes that numbers will be similar, if not up, on last year's total crop.
Kelly: "The general overview that I'm getting from growers is that last year we were down in total volume - we did about 7.2 million trays. This year we'll be up, but not significantly, although it's still a little bit early to tell how that will go. The flowering and harvest all seems to be looking okay. In some areas a little bit better, some areas a bit down depending on variety and region. But at this point now, the season is looking okay and demand is very strong."