Australian almond crop on track to set new record - ABC Rural Story

Clint Jasper,  ABC Rural, 16 January 2015

Interview with Ross Skinner (CEO Almond Board of Australia).

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This year’s almond harvest will surpass the previous record set in 2014, according to the Almond Board of Australia

It’s estimating between 75,000 to 80,000 tonnes of almonds to be harvested, beating the previous record of 73,000 tonnes.

The boost in tonnage comes as more trees hit maturity in the major growing regions of South Australia’s Riverland, Sunraysia in north-west Victoria, and the Riverina in southern NSW.

Recent rainfall across those regions has not posed any risk of ‘hull rot’ or other diseases associated with wet and humid weather.

The Almond Board’s chief executive officer, Ross Skinner, said grower returns remained high.

“We’ve had significant increases in the global price for almonds over the past two years and so we’re enjoying very good prices at the moment.

“The market conditions going into the new season are very favourable.” more