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15 HAL: Climate change needs varied response
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18 Market report/Upcoming events
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Aust almond production
set to double by 2015
Julie Haslett says the nation's almond export growth is driven by demand, and the industry is well
placed to serve current and future expansion.
By RENEE DE CICCO
AUSTRALIAN almond exports
are up 60 per cent this year
with strong demand from India
and the Middle East.
Almond Board of Australia chief
executive officer Julie Haslett says
global consumption is growing at such a
rate that it will not be long before
demand outstrips supply.
"World almond consumption has been
growing at an average rate of 9 per cent
per annum over the past 10 years," she
"Assuming a reduced annual growth
rate of 5pc, the world's demand for
almonds is expected to exceed available
supply within three years.
"The Australian almond industry is
getting ready for this next surge in
Almond production in Australia
reached 36,000 tonnes (kernel) this
year, with 60pc exported to more than
40 countries. This makes it the nation's
third largest horticultural export, valued
at $120 million in 2008-09.
Globally, Australia sits third in almond
production, although it accounts for
just 3pc of the world's total.
Ms Haslett says the nation's export
growth is driven by demand, and the
industry is well placed expansion.
"Less than 20pc of all Australian
almond plantings have reached full
maturity, so there will be a significant
increase in our homegrown production
within the next decade," she said.
Australia's almond plantings have jumped
dramatically in the past decade -- last year
there were 27,300 hectares of almond trees
in the ground, compared with 3750ha in
1999. Production is expected to more than
double to 80,000t by 2015, when most
trees reach full bearing.
In the past year, the demand for
Australian almonds has doubled in
India, and increased seven-fold in the
Middle East, with The United Arab
Emirates a key market, Ms Haslett says.
"Importantly, from our perspective, it's
not just Australia that's been
experiencing a growth in demand," she
California, which dominates global
production with 82pc of the world's
crop, has had four years of successive
years of breaking records. Ms Haslett
She says this shows there is a very
limited world supply, so there are plenty
of opportunities for the Australian
The nation is also in a unique position
because it is the only major almond
producer in the Southern Hemisphere,
so its crop comes onto the market at
the opposite time of year to California
"Some of the timing of our har vest fits
in well with celebrations in the Middle
East and India," she said. Ms Haslett says
almonds are often given as gifts in these
cultures, so appearance and quality are
important factors for consumers.
She says Australian almonds have a
quality advantage, particularly because of
the industry's pest and disease focus and
biosecurity measures, making them
attractive to overseas markets.
Domestically, consumption has risen by
10pc in the past year, with about 90pc of
almonds sold in Australia grown and
Details: Almonds Board of Australia 8582 2055,
60pc export jump
Middle East, India key markets
Demand set to exceed supply
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