2008 Almond Crop Forecast The Almond Board of Australia has just released the 2008 crop forecast of 26,800 tonnes, comparable to the last year’s crop of 26,555 tonnes.
producing high quality almonds, with an ever increasing emphasis on efficiency of inputs. After managing through the difficult growing season this year, the long term future outlook is positive. The almond industry is one of the fastest growing horticulture sectors in Australia, servicing growth in domestic consumption and increasing demand from major export markets such as India, Europe, Japan, Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Middle East.
Last year’s production levels are expected to be maintained despite experiencing the most severe water shortages in the industry’s history, due to increased yield from maturing young orchards compensating for the impact of significant water restrictions.
The uncertainty of water supply has had significant impact on production across the major growing districts of the Australian industry, with growers having to manage tough water restrictions over the past 12 months.
As revealed in the recently released Australian Almonds Statistics Report (page 8-9) farm-gate value of the Australian industry is
currently $180 million and this is expected to increase to more than $500 million within seven years when newly planted orchards reach full production. It is estimated that production will increase three fold to almost 80,000 tonnes by
Water allocations for many almond growers has been cut by more than 50% this season. Reduced irrigation is expected to impact on overall yield and kernel size, in addition to restricting tree growth, with potential impacts on the 2009 crop. This year has been one of the toughest growing years almond growers have ever experienced. But a key strength of the industry has been a willingness among growers to embrace the most efficient irrigation management systems available.
the end of this period.
The immediate challenge for our industry is managing the current water shortages, but Australia is strongly positioned to continue developing as a major world supplier of almonds when climatic conditions improve.
Julie Haslett, ABA CEO Phone: +61 8 8582 2055 or Email; email@example.com
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