Fruit

Western Australia’s fruit growing industries extend from Kununurra in the far north to Albany on the cool south coast.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development works closely with industry to improve efficiency and increase returns from the farm gate to export markets.

Strawberries are the highest value export, supplying around two-thirds of the Australian total. Key markets in the last year were Singapore and New Zealand followed by Thailand, Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates.

Steady growth is occurring in the avocado, citrus and mango industries due to additional plantings and efficient production.

Articles

  • Thrips are small (1-2mm), slender insects, just visible to the naked eye which are an economic pest of pome and stone fruit.

  • 'Management of Medfly without cover sprays' is a three-year project jointly funded by Fruit West, Horticulture Australia Ltd, Summerfruit Australia, and the Department of Agriculture and Food, West

  • Codling moth (Cydia pomonella) is a serious pest of apples and other pome fruit and has the potential to cause severe crop losses. This pest is not known to occur in Western Australia.

  • Some promising early results are emerging from the More Dollars per Drop apple demonstration site at the Lysters' orchard at Manjimup.

  • Symptoms of zinc, copper, manganese and magnesium deficiency are often seen in apple and pear trees in Western Australian orchards.

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