News Mail: How well do you know your avocado?

With 350ha across four farming operations, the Donovans have about 70,000 trees, which produce 3000-4000 tonnes of avocado.

The farms are located at Childers and Bundaberg, with another farm at Bellthorpe on the Sunshine Coast.

Mr Donovan said the dry weather had affected avo growers across the Bundaberg region.

“The heat has caused more fruit to drop off the trees than we would have liked and might have brought the yields back a little bit,” he said.

Aussies are eating an average 3.1kg of the green fruit every year – 600g more than 10 years ago.

This demand has Queensland avocados penned to reach a gross value of $225 million this financial year – 49% higher than initial estimates.

Mr Donovan said shepard avocados will slowly start populating supermarket shelves.

Avocados Australia says most of avocado exports go to Singapore and Malaysia with priorities now including Thailand, Japan and China.

“Production fluctuates from year to year between production regions depending on seasonal conditions and other factors,” he said.

”The avocado industry is in a growth phase, so we expect to see year-on-year growth continue at a national level.”

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