DESPITE the challenges of drought, fire, floods and the global pandemic, the Australian macadamia industry remains strong and continues to see increased investment in new orchards and processing capacity.
Opportunities for the industry are significant.
The latest benchmarking report produced by Queensland Department of Agriculture and Forestry (QDAF) shows that productivity ranges from less than 2t/ha to over 6t/ha.
The industry's peak industry body is the Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) and its chief executive officer, Jolyon Burnett, said AMS's role of engaging with new and existing growers during these burgeoning times has never been more important.
"At the core of any representative body is its ability to connect with the industry and provide the right support so that members can achieve their business goals," Mr Burnett said.
"The AMS offers a range of peer-to-peer learning events and resources to ensure we have a well-supported, engaged and informed industry."
And with so much new investment and so many new entrants coming into the industry, the AMS, as the only representative body for the entire macadamia supply chain, is committed to helping Australian growers become more productive, profitable and sustainable.
With some high achieving growers pushing the boundaries in technical and other innovations, and others wanting to increase production above the industry average, each grower requires a different level of support.
"By working so closely with industry services we are able to equip AMS growers with demonstrated and innovative technical and best management practices that can be readily applied to improve and increase on-farm productivity, nut quality and environmental sustainability," Mr Burnett said.
Through collaboration with many key stakeholders including research providers, consultants and contractors, input suppliers and processors, the AMS assists growers to build capacity through the adoption of best practice in key areas like soil health, biodiversity and macadamia tree-water use.
- Visit: www.australianmacadamias.org