Numbers in for macadamia crop - but questions over next year

AUSTRALIAN macadamia growers have produced a crop of 43,500 tonnes in-shell at 3.5 per cent moisture (46,600 tonnes in-shell at 10 per cent moisture) for the 2019 season.

The result is slightly higher than the industry's previous forecast of 42,900 tonnes in-shell at 3.5 per cent moisture (46,000 tonnes at 10 per cent moisture) and is based on actual factory receipts of the Australian Macadamia Handlers' Association (AMHA) until the end of October.

Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) CEO Jolyon Burnett said that despite the impact of the unusually long, hot dry summer early in the year, harvest conditions throughout the 2019 season were favourable and kernel quality was very good.

"It's still very early days, however it is likely that the 2020 Australian macadamia crop will be impacted by the continuing dry conditions in all growing regions," Mr Burnett said.

"There is a degree of uncertainty about the 2020 crop, including the varied impacts the dry weather may have on different regions."

The AMHA represents more than 90 per cent of all the macadamia crop in Australia.

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