Queensland citrus growers are expanding their planting of export varieties because of good prices for exports, which outperformed domestic markets.
Prices for fruit popular in export markets are encouraging compared with the domestic market.
A grower said that export prices were high because of; a shortage in China and Thailand, strong demand and the good quality of the fruit.
He said growers were expanding their plantations in response.
Bevan Young, who grows mandarins, said the good export season balanced the low domestic prices, particularly for Imperial mandarins.
“The crop (volume) was up.. but the latter half of the season, exports went really well, probably the strongest one we’ve had in a long time.”