Farm life is sweet as bumper mango harvest looms

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Northern Territory mango growers are about to start picking what is being hailed as the largest crop in more than seven years.

The Territory Mango Growers Association says farmers are hoping to produce around 4.2 million trays this year, two million more than last year.

Barry Albrecht from Arnhem Mangos says it will be a slow take-off up until September, then madness come October when most of the harvesting takes place.

He says he hopes to put out 300,000 trays from his property in the rural area of Darwin.

“We rely on this crop,” he said.

“This is our pay every year and we have eight weeks where we make our money and we have got to live the next 12 months off it.”

A few growers in the Top End have already started picking.

But Mr Albrecht says some producers may struggle because of the massive volume of fruit.
“A lot of people probably won’t get their fruit off,” he said.

“Some have not got the machinery or infrastructure in place to get that volume of fruit off.”


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