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Almond growers prepare for record harvest but more bees needed to keep industry buzzing

Australia's almond growers are set for a record crop this season but as the industry keeps growing, more pollination services are needed to sustain the rapid production increase.


Almond Board of Australia CEO, Ross Skinner, said despite some hail damage to the crop early in the season the overall production volumes looked very strong.


"The early estimates provided to us from the industry processors is for a national crop of about 93,000 tonnes, which is about 13,000 tonnes more than in 2018," Mr Skinner said.


"A lot of the plantings that have occurred over the past six or seven years are now starting to reach maturity, so the crop sizes have increased."


Riverland almond grower Paul Martin said it was a pretty good growing season without big problems.



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SA Country Hour   21 January 2019