Northern Territory lemons will be arriving in southern markets early this year, just as prices soar due to a supply shortage.
First round picking just finished at the Sevenfields orchard, south of Katherine, almost two months earlier than in previous years.
Sevenfields manager, Andy Hancock, says the company had been working towards an October harvest, to take advantage of high early-season prices.
“It is unusual for us, because at this time we are usually about to start picking mangoes,” he said.
“Generally we pick late December, or January, but we have just picked about 15 tonnes in the last week.
“We have done a lot of work trying to get our citrus, especially our lemons, ready for picking in October and November to get that market window.
“So we are probably one of the only ones harvesting in Australia at this time of year.”
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