24 Mar

Bumper olive harvest expected in Western Australia

The Department of Food and Agriculture is predicting this year’s olive harvest will be one of the best in years.

Harvesting near Dongara began at the weekend and will move further south to Gingin before wrapping up around June and July.

The department’s Dick Taylor says production is expected to rise by 3,000 tonnes to 15,000 tonnes this year, with oil production estimated around 2,500 tonnes.

He says favourable weather conditions have put the industry on track for a bumper harvest.

“Oh we had a pretty good flowering and fruit set in spring this year and more favourable weather, so more of the olives set on the trees and then with the heavier rainfall in early summer, we think that’s contributed to the trees being able to hang onto that fruit and develop into a better fruit size this year,” he said.

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