Australian macadamia growers have produced a crop of 46,000 tonnes in-shell at 10 per cent moisture (43,000 tonnes in-shell at 3.5 per cent moisture) for the 2017 season, the Australian Macadamia Society announced this week.
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 per cent lower than the forecast issued post Cyclone Debbie.
Kernel production is down marginally at 9000 tonnes.
Global demand for macadamias remains strong across all markets for both kernel and in-shell and 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.
The industry’s market development manager Lynne Ziehlke said the strategy is designed to further drive steady growth in global demand in anticipation of more robust supply becoming available in the coming years.