Australian olive groves are producing a large amount of gold and are enjoying the fruits of their labor. Geoff Adams reports.
Better weather this year has contributed to larger olive groves in northern Victoria and across the country.
Nationally, olive oil producers expect 20 to 22 million liters of last year’s record.
Outside of She Parton, Kiyala East Grove – Osis Olives – has had a good year, expanding its neighborhood to 230 hectares and expanding to 120,000 trees.
The family-owned business sells olives at their Kiala processing plant and sells a limited number of self-branded products through the Great Sheparton Visitors Center.
Osiris Olives has limited production of self-identifying bottles.
The Australian Olive Oil Association holds a record 20 to 22 million liters of olive oil by 2021.
Oss Olivet director John Simington agrees that after many years of dry weather and low production, it is a good time.
Most of Franራንois, a native of Tuscany, Italy, began harvesting Oasis in April and ended in late June.
Much of Ossa’s olives are harvested in the same way as any other Australian crop.
According to David Valmorbida, president of the Australian Olive Association, the Australian industry has faced some challenges over the past 12 months.
“Good winter rains last year helped to break the drought, raising expectations for most states (such as some developing states in Western Australia) during the normal two-year olive cycle. Trees, ”said Mr. Valmorebida.
However, some farmers still have dried fruit and low yields at the beginning of the harvest, while others have been affected by excessive rainfall, flooding and even frost damage.
“The positive is the strong wholesale price of olive oil due to the constant increase in consumer demand for local products.
“In the past, the Australian olive oil industry has struggled for extra virginity, up to $ 4 per liter.
However, rising consumer prices, rising oil prices in the Northern Hemisphere due to low European harvest, weak Australian dollars and strong consumer demand for local products have resulted in Australia’s extra virgin olive oil. It produces between $ 5 and $ 5 a liter of oil on the front door.
Amanda Bailey, a member of the Australian Olive Association Committee and director of the Olive Center, agrees that the 2021 season will face further challenges after the 2020 wildfires and complexities.
“The delays in the Suez Canal, which includes processing machinery, equipment and storage tanks, have also been affected,” she said.
Locking and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 result in a lack of energy during harvest, which means there is a ton of spoiled fruit on the trees.
Mr Valmorebida said: “Australia’s challenge continues to be access to water for irrigation and cost-effective agricultural models.
ፍላጎት Australia’s demand for olive oil is greater than its production.
The annual production of olive oil ranges from 10,000 to 20,000 tons.
Export The export is divided into 500 tons of refined olive oil and virgin olive oil each year.
Although there is no official monitoring of Australia’s olive oil harvest and farm sales, the Australian Olive Oil Association will record 20 to 22 million liters of olive oil for the 2021 harvest.