Mango trial breaking new ground
A trial of new mango varieties in Ali Curung could extend the mango harvest window in the Northern Territory.
The new varieties have been developed by the National Mango Breeding Program (NMBP), with the aim of producing superior varieties with high yield, good flavours and improved fruit quality aspects.
The Department of Primary Industry and Resources is testing the NMBP varieties in a number of locations, including the Ali Curung area for the first time.
Central Australian Horticulture Development Project Manager Stuart Smith said the trial presented significant potential for improving consistency of supply.
“There are mango farms further north at Katherine and 200kms south at Ti Tree, but Ali Curung is untested for this fruit.
“Establishing trees at this latitude may bridge the gap between the northern mango production in September/October, and fruit from Ti Tree in January/February.
Mr Smith said the Ali Curung trial is a collaboration between industry and the department, which provides irrigation and support with planting.