25 May

Big Hunter olive crop predicted

It has been a bumper year for Hunter’s olive industry, which is expected to produce a record crop.

The Upper and Lower Hunter now has more than 200,000 olive trees producing table fruit and oil.

This year’s harvest will finish next week and vice-president of the Hunter Olive Association, Mike Wilson, says yields are likely to be double or possibly triple last year’s result.

He says that is due to more fruit bearing trees maturing and good drought management practices.

“Most of the groves are irrigated and there are a lot of new groves that are coming on line and having their first crops,” he said.

“So their first good crops. We’re still trying to get figures together, but I would estimate there’s about 200 tonnes of olives being picked this year and if it comes in at 300 I wouldn’t be at all surprised.”

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