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Macadamias: global crop increases significantly

December 7, 2022 at 10:59 AM, Der AUDITOR
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CANBERRA. The crop in Australia has turned out higher than growers had feared after the devastating floods at the beginning of the year. The other growing countries are also very satisfied with the results, especially South Africa and China.

Satisfied growers in Australia

As the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) reports after the end of the harvest, growers in New South Wales and Queensland have managed to recover from the record rainfall and resulting floods at the beginning of the year. The crop is ahead of expectations with 52,974 mt of inshell macadamias (3.5% moisture). High yields have offset losses to some extent, and new plantings in the largest growing region, Bundaberg, have also contributed to the high crop volume. One problem was that the challenging weather conditions sometimes made it difficult for growers to even enter their plantations, and the harvesting process was therefore delayed. The affected growers are now doing everything they can to rehabilitate their plantations and are taking care of better erosion control. According to the AMS, the 2022 crop will be 3% higher than last year's; preparations for 2023 are already in full swing.

China could double crop volume

The 2022 harvest has also been completed in the other growing countries, and the experts at Olam report that most of them have increased their production. The total global crop is expected to be 294,000 mt, which would represent an increase of 21% compared to 2021. South Africa remains the current leader with a crop of 68,500 mt, followed by Australia and Kenya (45,000 mt). There are no official figures from China yet, as the harvest was only recently completed; according to reports, however, the country could displace Australia from second place with 60,000 mt. If this is the case, China would have almost doubled its crop volume year-on-year. The outlook for 2023 is also positive in all growing countries so far, although rainfall in the coming months remains to be decisive.

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