07 Feb

Australia, Victoria expects bumper olive crop

Western Victorian olive groves will yield 1000 per cent more than last year.

Drought in 2007 meant fruit couldn’t set on the trees.

Grove owner Deirdre Baum, from Laharum, says this season the trees are healthy and bearing fruit because of timely rain.

“This year, the trees have had bit of rain at the critical time and so we got great fruit set and we’ve had a little bit of sprinking of rain”, he says.

“It’s not that the olives need a lot of rain they need a bit of rain, they can survive in these quite harsh conditions.

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