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“Almond Insights” provides an up to date assessment of the Australian almond industry using information provided by growers, processors, marketers, government and other organisations.
Highlights of the 2016/17 edition are:
- Orchard area planted to almonds increased by 15.8% or 4,904 hectares in 2016 to now total 35,886 hectares
- The number of almond trees now planted in orchards totals more than 10 million.
- Two million virus tested buds were delivered by the ABA to nurseries for grafting to produce healthy trees
- 2016 production of 82,333 tonnes was slightly less than the 2015 harvested crop
- Australia produced 7.7% of the global crop to remain the world’s second largest producer behind the USA that grew 80% of world production
- Almonds were 62% of Australia’s total tree nut crop that includes macadamias, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts and chestnuts (measured as inshell tonnage)
- 97% of almond orchards are efficiently irrigated using drip systems managed by soil moisture monitoring technology
- Annual per capita consumption of almonds in Australia is increasing strongly and exceeded one kilogram for the first time in 2016/17
- Australia ranks 6th in per capita consumption globally
- Domestic sales tonnage increased by 9.9%
- 46.7% of Australian households purchased almonds in the year ending February 2017
- Almond demand by manufacturers was boosted with 274 new products reaching supermarket shelves in 2016
- Australian almonds were exported to 46 countries
- Almond exports earned the nation $464 million
- For every one tonne of almonds sold in Australia, 2.7 tonnes were sold overseas
- India was the single largest destination for exports
- Europe as a region consumed 43.2% of Australia’s almond exports with sales of $200.3 million
- East Asia is an emerging market for Australian almonds taking 13.8% of total exports
With the almond orchard expansion currently underway, orchard area will increase to around 50,000 hectares. This means Australia’s productive capacity will reach 150,000 tonnes with associated exports of 120,000 tonnes delivering revenue of approximately $1 billion. This industry expansion will benefit river communities impacted by the Murray Darling Basin Plan. The water market will ensure that limited water resources are directed to those industries delivering the most value. The benefit to the communities in almond producing regions is evident as the capital investment in establishing orchards and the revenue generated from them stimulates economic prosperity.
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