Gympie's macca growers win
NEAR record macadamia prices, especially for Gympie region growers, are the good news from growing world demand for Australia's only successfully developed bush tucker food product.
But a shortage of supply means that many growers are left with not enough of a good thing.
Gympie's Suncoast Gold CEO Jim Twentyman said Gympie region growers would do fairly well from the situation, with their crop at relatively normal levels.
“The New South Wales crop has been a disaster.
“Last year it was the Gympie crop that was in short supply, but it is back now, not booming but normal,” he said.
The Australian Macadamia Society has reduced estimates of the 2011 crop in light of continuing challenging conditions and reduced deliveries to processors.
This is attributed to a poor season characterised by limited sunlight hours, heavier than average rains and difficult pest and disease and harvesting conditions.
The unfavourable conditions have also reduced kernel yield, a spokesman said.
“All production areas south of Brisbane have been affected, with NSW regions particularly hard hit,” AMS CEO Jolyon Burnett said this week.
“Bundaberg growers experienced a reasonable season which slightly balanced the lower southern region yields.
“Processors are reporting a tightening of supply and the crop is already heavily committed (to the market,” Mr Burnett said.