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Avocados Australia Where are all the trees?
Grower Notice
 
 

Where are all the missing trees?

Avocados Australia is currently undertaking the annual tree census and in this time of significant growth, now, more than ever, we need everyone to review and update their orchard records.

If you need assistance, please contact the office and we can help you out. A link to your individualised census was emailed out on 25 September (from infocado@avocado.org.au). If you cannot find the email, contact Daniel Martins (0458 004 198 or data@avocado.org.au) or Amanda Madden (0472 501 301 or admin2@avocado.org.au) and they will be happy to assist you. 

Thousands of missing hectares

A few years ago, we were part of a project to develop a map of all known avocado plantings in Australia. The area of avocado plantings that were mapped aligned closely with our OrchardInfo records from our annual tree census at the time. While the map is a very useful tool to know exactly where orchards are located, it cannot capture information about the variety, age of tree or planting density. This essential information is only collected via our annual tree census.


However, the mapping team is currently updating the map and recently completed a review of all of Queensland. We were alarmed to learn that the area of avocado plantings in Queensland is now 9,337 hectares compared with the area of plantings that we have recorded from our latest census in 2019 – 6,796 hectares.

There is no doubt that there have been a lot of new plantings over the past few years, but this additional area is astonishing and will significantly increase our estimates for production volumes in the coming years. This production estimate underpins everything: research & development, domestic marketing, and our export development efforts.


Future viability relies on good planning

Our industry is growing rapidly and this presents a lot of challenges and opportunities. Unless we have a good understanding of what is in the ground, we are only guessing about what production might look like in two, five or 10 years from now.

We want to be able to provide the best support for you, the growers, to ensure the industry remains profitable and sustainable over the longer term. We want to establish appropriate market development programs and invest in leading edge R&D projects that ensure the industry is globally competitive. This future planning requires good data about the number of avocado trees: by variety, by age, by region.


Your next steps

We are currently undertaking our 2020 annual tree census and I strongly encourage all growers to review and update their records, and we thank those who have already contributed.

  1. Fill out your annual census. A link to your census was emailed out on 25 September (from infocado@avocado.org.au). The survey is quick and easy to fill in, and all data is confidential. We aggregate to the regional level, and this is the basis for the report you will receive by the end of the year.
  2. If you cannot find the email with your individualised survey link, contact Daniel Martins (0458 004 198 or data@avocado.org.au) or Amanda Madden (0472 501 301 or admin2@avocado.org.au) and they will be happy to assist you.
  3. Have you updated who completes the OrchardInfo in your business? Please forward this email to them.
  4. If you know of any new growers in your area, ask them if they contribute their data, and if not, please ask them to contact us (or, if they agree, send us their contact details).
  5. You can also view the latest industry mapping here. The maps will progressively be updated for all regions nationally, and we may well find other regions have also expanded rapidly. If you note an omission or incorrect mapping, please let us know.

I cannot overstate how important this information is for your future.

John Tyas
Chief Executive Officer
Avocados Australia

 
 
 
Horticulture Innovation Australia
This Grower Notice has been funded by Hort Innovation, using the avocado research and development levy and contributions from the Australian Government. Hort Innovation is the grower-owned, not-for-profit research and development corporation for Australian horticulture.