Northern Territory mangoes set to fly to United States
The first shipment of Northern Territory mangoes to the United States is due to leave Brisbane this week.
The fruit will be flown over the Pacific Ocean and trucked to supermarkets throughout the US.
Manbulloo will initially send 240 cartons of the Kensington Pride variety to the Produce Marketing Association’s conference being held in Florida in October.
Quality manager Scott Ledger said the mangoes would be irradiated in Brisbane before being flown to Los Angeles for distribution.
“As part of the export protocol, the mangoes need to be irradiated for control of fruit fly,” he said.
“So this was a protocol that was developed by the Australian Government, working together with the Australian Mango Industry Association.
“This will be the third year of exports to the US. The first year was just two shipments out of Queensland, the second year was about 10 shipments.”
The Katherine mango season officially got underway this week, with Manbulloo the first farm to begin picking.
From when the fruit is harvested, it will take about 21 days for it to eventually arrive in the supermarkets in the US.
Speaking to ABC Rural at the Berrimah Research Farm, the NT Minister for Primary Industry Ken Vowles said he was committed to ensuring research by the department would continue to support the local industry.
“[The department] is continuously looking and researching to protect the Territory and also grow the market,” he said.
“Governments change and political parties change, but the work continues and I’ll keep encouraging that.”
Earlier this year, Department of Primary Industry market development officer Michael Daysh flew to the US to inspect the Australian mangoes in the supermarkets.
The NT already exports mangoes to Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand, China, South Korea, Japan and Europe.