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.


  • Two mealybug species, the longtailed mealybug (Pseudococcus longispinus), and obscure mealybug (Pseudococcus viburni) occur in grapevines and deciduous fruit tree crops in Western

  • The recent listeria food safety warning around rockmelons on the east coast of Australia does not apply to Western Australia.

  • Bananas in the Ord River Irrigation Area face two major insect pests (banana weevil borer and sugarcane bud moth) and two mites (russet and two-spotted).

  • The ORIA is free of major banana diseases found in the Northern Territory and Queensland, such as Panama disease and black sigatoka.

  • Local studies carried out by the University of Western Australia (UWA) scientists have shown that flavonoid-rich apples have a direct and measurable effect on human health; with the consumption of

  • Pollination is one of the keys to profitable apple production. As a general rule, apple varieties are not self-fertile and will not set a full crop without a compatible polliniser.

  • Water is a basic requirement for all organisms, including microbial pathogens. In fruit growing and where water is an input, there is also the potential for harmful bacteria to thrive.

  • Participating in quality assurance schemes for fresh produce comes at a cost, but this can be more than outweighed by benefits in the marketplace.

  • Leading horticulture and medical researchers have teamed up to explore how ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ and ways to breed new, healthier apples in Western Australia.

  • The climate in Carnarvon is arid subtropical with hot dry summers and cool winters. It is considered harsh and marginal despite the high yields achieved.

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