Avocado oversupply prompts calls for Australians to stock up while they’re cheap

Struggling avocado growers are interesting to clients to smash their manner by means of a glut of cheap fruit earlier than it sends many within the business to the wall.

Avocado provide is outstripping demand throughout the nation leaving many growers struggling to make a revenue. 

Avocados Australia chief government John Tyas stated the business was determined to elevate the home and worldwide consumption of the fruit.

“Australians are among the highest shoppers of avocados on this planet already however we’d like to ramp that up additional,” he stated. 

“[Australians] have been consuming around 4 kilograms of avocados per individual in 2021, however we’d like to be getting up to around 5 to 6kg.”

Mr Tyas stated virtually 80 per cent of Australian households ate avocados however there was nonetheless room to develop.

John Tyas smiling in front of tree.
John Tyas desires to see Australians eat up to six kilograms of avocados per yr.(ABC North Coast: Kim Honan)

Growers ask shoppers to purchase massive

The oversupply scenario is about to worsen due to a whole bunch of recent avocado bushes that have been planted throughout the previous decade coming into manufacturing, including to the excess of fruit.

Farmer Nola Stumm stated she was nervous about the way forward for her 160-hectare avocado farm at Comboyne on New South Wales’ Mid North Coast.

“We’ve obtained a variety of younger plantings which are coming into the market [but] we have already obtained loads of fruit about,” she stated.

“We additionally need to develop our exports however at present only Western Australia is having success accessing new markets.”

A pile of green avocados on the ground
Farmers go away 1000’s of surplus avocados to rot in Atherton, North Queensland.(Supplied: Jan De Lai)

Mr Tyas stated WA’s crop was down from final yr, which was good news for east coast growers. 

“As we come into spring and summer season we’ll see provide volumes taper off,” he stated. 

“I suppose there is a little bit of a reprieve for east coast growers coming later this yr.

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