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

  • Psa (Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae) is a disease of kiwifruit that can spread rapidly through kiwifruit orchards and kill many vines.

  • The strength of the Australian citrus industry and its profile in domestic and export markets rely heavily on the consistency and taste of its products.

  • Blueberry rust (Thekopsora minima) is a fungal disease which affects plants in the Ericaceae plant family, including blueberries, cranberries and rhododendrons.

  • Avocado fruits are affected by two diseases: stem end rots and body rots.

  • Citrus gall wasp is a pest that affects all citrus species. Citrus tree owners are encouraged to implement control measures on their property to reduce the threat to the citrus industry in Western

  • Phytophthora cinnamomi is the scientific name of the causal organism of phytophthora root rot, sometimes only called root rot.

  • Measuring internal quality of citrus prior to harvest is vital to ensure fruit reaches the market with eating qualities acceptable to most consumers.

  • Snails cause damage to citrus orchards by feeding on fruit and leaves. Snail management is a multi-step process that involves both cultural and chemical control.

  • Transition to a system of organic mango production will vary according to your situation and current management system.

  • Mites are one of the most consistent pests in deciduous fruit tree orchards in Western Australia. Over-reliance on miticides for control has led to pesticide resistance in some species.

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