Time’s ripe to smash an avo

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Applewood Orchards owner Vic Grozotis believes this avocado season will be successful.
Camera IconApplewood Orchards owner Vic Grozotis believes this avocado season will be successful. Credit: Holly Thompson

The avocado season is now under way in the Lower South West, with the volume produced expected to be higher than last season’s number.

Applewood Orchards owner Vic Grozotis said many of the younger avocado trees would come into production this year, which would have a big impact on the volume produced.

“I estimate there will be a 20 to 30 per cent volume increase on last year because of the new trees,” he said.

“The size of the fruit has also increased which will also add to the increasing volume.”

Mr Grozotis said the market prices were down on last year, but it was only by a small margin.

“There will be some downward pressure on pricing over the next few months, however we are getting a lot of interest in exports with the smaller-sized fruit so it should not have a big impact,” he said.

The season has kicked-off at a similar time to last year and will run across five months, finishing around February.

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