An Aboriginal community has harvested 21 tons of garlic in central Australia. Centrefarm, a horticulture farm near Ali Curung, employs and trains Indigenous people. Alyawarr man Ziggy Rice has been involved in this year's garlic crop from bulb planting to helping pick about 21 tons of garlic. This harvest is by far the earliest garlic crop of the Australian season.
Australian Garlic Producers chief executive Nick Diamantopoulos said the warmer climate at Centrefarm meant it could plant and harvest the crops earlier than in other states: "There's no-one else in Australia harvesting garlic as early as August–September. This is a world first. They're literally just finishing the harvest off in Europe, yet we're growing our own garlic in the middle of Australia.”
According to Diamantopoulos, the crop was larger than last year's harvest, but there was still room for improvement. He hopes the farm could one day produce tenfold the amount.