NAVEL variety forums were recently hosted by Citrus Australia to address current issues facing the Australian citrus industry including supply and demand.
The forums were held across the Riverland, Sunraysia and Riverina and included information sessions, workshops and trend discussions for growers and industry groups to address current issues facing the Australian citrus industry.
Citrus Australia general manager market development Andrew Harty said growers received the latest information from industry experts on variety trends, whilst BayerCrop Science staff was on hand to answer questions regarding practice changes and hence helping to improve profitability.
Growers discussed the oversupply of navel oranges in Australia caused by a decline in US trade and an unfavourable exchange rate, and risks when planting new navel varieties.
Glenn Morris, grower and president of the Leeton Citrus Growers, attended the forums.
"The day was very informative and brought growers together to discuss exciting new varieties of mandarins and oranges," he said.
"Over the last few years we've had issues with sales of navels because of the strong Australian dollar limiting US trade. We might be able to overcome some of these hardships with new varieties that meet what the consumer wants, like easy peel seedless mandarins."
Darryl Stretton, Bayer CropScience Product Manager Temperate Fruit said, "The forums have been timely because the industry is in a downturn at the moment. Growers have been offered advice and solutions based on thorough market research to apply in their orchards to meet new consumer demands."
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