Almond Board of Australia chief executive Ross Skinner says the high Australian dollar is making it hard to compete against the United States.
"The Australian dollar above parity certainly places us at a disadvantage against the US industry - that's our major competitor on export markets," he says.
Picking started in February in the Riverland and 2 weeks later on the Fluerieu Peninsula. Our sources in the Riverland reported that yields were down by 15% on last season. Allied to this prices were down due to the high $AUS, which lead to lower returns to growers.
Yields on the Fleurieu were average with groves reporting 1-1.25 tonnes per hectare.
The industry has identified India and China as priority development markets.
“India has a very strong heritage for cooking with almonds… Indian mothers give their children almonds before they leave for school because they believe almonds promote mental strength,” Sam Freeman from DJ's notes.
|Fleurieu Almond Harvest.|