The Northern Territory is Australia’s top grower of high-quality mangoes, according to new data.
Now that the mango season has wrapped up, new figures have revealed that 3.41 million trays of mangoes were picked and packed in the NT this season, contributing to over 51% of Australia’s total production. This is up from 49% in 2022.
Supporting over 2000 direct jobs, 23,926 tonnes of mangoes were said to have been picked during the 2023 – 2024 season across the 6350 hectares of mango farmland in the NT.
The mango industry remains the largest horticulture export crop for the NT, with mango producers capitalising on strong local and overseas partnerships with the overseas market exporting tonnes of mangoes each year to the Middle East, Singapore, New Zealand, South Korea, Hong Kong and Canada.
“Territory grown mangoes are recognised as the best in the country and due to our climate, our season also supplies the first mangoes each year to local markets, as well as major supermarket chains across Australia,” says NT Minister for Agribusiness and Fisheries Mark Monaghan.
“Our high-quality delicious mangoes are exported across the globe and as the Territory’s highest value horticulture commodity, the Territory government will continue to work alongside producers to support further growth of the industry.
“The Territory Labor government knows the importance of our high quality horticultural and agricultural industry, and that’s why we continue to invest and grow the industry through grants, research programs and the development of precincts.”
The NT government has provided the mango industry with further investment through nine research and development projects.
These projects are aimed at investigating genetics, climate resilience, variety evaluation, geographical diversification, postharvest quality and shelf-life prediction, and building an innovative culture and capability of the industry.