Solid expectations for the Australian macadamia 2019 crop
06 Mar 2019
The 2019 Australian macadamia crop is forecast to reach 49,900 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture (53,500 tonnes at 10% moisture) - announced the industry’s peak body, the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) today.
The 2019 crop is expected to be a slight increase on the record 2018 crop (49,300 tonnes in-shell at 3.5% moisture, 52,900 tonnes in-shell at 10% moisture).
The season’s growing conditions have been dry but largely favourable to date, starting with good rain prior to flowering and a strong nutset in Spring.
A long, hot and dry Summer followed, including record dry conditions in the growing regions of Gympie, Glass House Mountains and the Northern Rivers. This has the potential to affect nut size, although it is still too early in the season to determine the extent of any impact.
Harvest has begun in the largest-producing region of Bundaberg and will commence in all other growing regions in the coming weeks, ending in August/September.
Australian Macadamia Society CEO Jolyon Burnett said the Australian macadamia industry continued to expand, with high levels of new investment over the last 12 months.
“We estimate more than 2,000 hectares were planted last year and expect a similar amount to be planted again this year,” said Mr. Burnett.
Mr. Burnett said demand for Australian kernel remains strong, with Japan, Taiwan, Europe and the United States all significantly increasing their kernel imports in 2018. Kernel and in-shell imports into China declined, reflecting an increase in Chinese domestic macadamia production.
“There is very little inventory heading into the new season and it is anticipated that demand for macadamias from existing users and new entrants will remain strong during 2019,” said Mr. Burnett.
The industry forecast is informed by modelling developed over the last decade by the AMS and the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and historical data provided by the Australian Macadamia Handlers Association (AMHA).
The first estimate of the crop based on actual receivals by participating handlers will be released in July 2019. A further report will be provided in September 2019 and the final figure for the 2019 crop will be announced by the AMS in early December 2019.
*The project ‘Macadamia Crop Forecasting’ has been funded by Hort Innovation using the macadamia industry levy and funds from the Australian Government.
For further information contact:
Market Development Manager Australian Macadamia Society
Phone: +61 488 032 248 or 1800 262 426 (Aust) or +61 2 6622 4933