Citrus Australia is calling on the Federal Government to not "trip up" their trade with China, as Australian orange and mandarin growers enjoy the best prices in yearsThe citrus industry has called on the Federal Government to not "trip up" their trade with China, as Australian orange and mandarin growers enjoy the best prices in years.Story by Landline By Prue AdamsKey points:Nearly a quarter of citrus exports went to China last year
Pink navel oranges can fetch as much as $1,300 a tonne
The fruit can take five to seven years to come into full production
Citrus Australia chief executive Nathan Hancock said the industry was experiencing boom times, with growers getting twice to three times as much for their fruit as they were five years ago.
The citrus harvest started in early May and this season demand is expected to outstrip supply, largely due to increasing exports to China.
China accounted for almost a quarter of the total 273,000 tonnes of citrus fruit exported last year.
"In 2013 we were close to zero export tonnes to China … In 2017, we exceeded 70,000 tonnes to China," Mr Hancock said.
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