7 November, 2023
Late flowering boosts mango supply
LATE flowering has provided some relief amongst local mango growers, as several varieties bloom bright this season.
Despite the popular Kensington Pride lacking in numbers, varieties such as Calypsos and R2E2 are looking to be blooming better than ever.
FNQ Growers president and mango farmer Joe Moro said now was the time to “try something new” and explore the several varieties the region had to offer.
“I think it’s fair to say production is down on last year and some varieties have been doing much better than others,” he said.
“There will still be KPs around, and I think the season will be extended in the Mareeba and Dimbulah area because there is a lot of late flowering.
“There is still a lot of concern about the setting of the flowering, but I think at the end of the day, there will be mangoes around, and I think people may have to try a few other varieties which are wonderful.”
In terms of prices, Mr Moro said it was still too early to tell whether there would be a price hike, but confirmed the first local mangoes would be hitting the shelves at the end of this month.