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ciruelasAustralian prune growers could see a lift in prices next season because of a big drop in global production. As frosts hit prune crops in southern NSW, they also hammered production in South Africa, Chile and Argentina.


Grant Delves, president of the Australian Prune Industry Association, say it should put a dent in supply. "There's still enough international stocks to supply the world market in consumption and because there's been a significant number of acres of prunes removed in California, the supply and demand will come back into balance. So prune growing is actually starting to look more positive for the coming short period of five or ten years."

The size of California's prune crop could continue to fall if growers switch to more lucrative nut crops like almonds and walnuts.

Ravi Thiara's family property produces around 600 hectares of prunes north of Sacramento. He says in the last ten years the area planted to prunes in California has almost halved. "Dehydration is one of the biggest expenses in California. Water costs are almost exactly the same between the nut crops and the fruits. It's mostly the lack of price, just a lack of return. We just can't get enough money for these things."

 

Prune growers in the Riverina expect to pick a light crop next February, partly because of the mild winter.

Source: abc.net.au

Publication date: 11/13/2013