Australian cherry growers want to increase exports of fruit. Their objective is to send half the annual crop to overseas markets.
About 25 to 30 per cent of last season’s cherry crop was exported, with about 80 per cent of that going to markets in Asia where growers can get better prices for their fruit.
Exports are a major focus as the domestic market is limited, said an industry spokesman.
“The market seems to be only taking so much over the summer season” he said.
“With our country expanding, and also other countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Argentina all expanding their crops, we’ve got to be able to tap into that huge market that sits above us in Asia.”