GONE NUTTY: Nut industry is a growing farming sector on the Coffs Coast.
GONE NUTTY: Nut industry is a growing farming sector on the Coffs Coast. Selina Ferrais BUN100214MAC4

Cracking into local nut farming

COFFS Coast farmers are going nuts for macadamias with an increase in growth throughout the Nambucca Valley up to Woolgoolga.

The growing numbers of macadamia nuts in the region complements the diversity of other crops such as lychees, bananas and blueberries.

Macadamia farms on the Mid North Coast currently provide $12.6 million of economic value to the region.

Here is a breakdown of the Coffs Coast industry.

Nut facts

Factory gate value: $8.4 million

Economic value to Mid North Coast: $12.6 million

Trees planted: 260,000

Total growers: 100

Total tonnage: 1321 tonnes nut-in-shell (2012)

Farm gate value: $4.2 million (from 2012 tonnage at $3.20)

Total area under canopy: 900 hectares

 

Source: Australian Macadamia Society



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