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2017 Australian macadamia crop reaches 46,000 tonnes in-shell


Australian macadamia growers have produced a crop of 46,000 tonnes in-shell @ 10% moisture (43,000 tonnes in-shell @ 3.5% moisture) for the 2017 season.

Rain and flooding from Tropical Cyclone Debbie in March and record rainfall in the Northern Rivers region in June significantly impacted the crop, which is approximately 10% lower than the forecast issued post Cyclone Debbie. Kernel production is down marginally at 9,000 tonnes.

Global demand for macadamias remains strong across all markets for both kernel and in-shell. The Australian macadamia industry continues to contribute with its global marketing effort, which has just seen the launch of the first stage of its new three-year international marketing strategy designed to further drive steady growth in global demand in anticipation of more robust supply becoming available in the coming years.

Meanwhile, Australian macadamia growers are investing significant time and resources into nurturing the 2018 crop, with preparations well underway for the next harvest which will begin in February.