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.
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