Macadamia nut farmer Greg Smith inspects the crop on his farm at Brooklet. Despite volatility in the industry he expects its value will double over the next four years, making it worth $70 million by 2012.
Macadamia nut farmer Greg Smith inspects the crop on his farm at Brooklet. Despite volatility in the industry he expects its value will double over the next four years, making it worth $70 million by 2012. Jerad Williams

Macadamia industry enjoys growth

GREG SMITH is one local macadamia nut farmer riding the industry’s current wave of success.

Mr Smith and his partner Jeff Rigby moved to Brooklet 10 years ago and purchased a 48.5-hectare (120-acre) macadamia farm.

Despite downsizing to 4.85ha four years ago, the couple have witnessed immense growth.

“There has been huge growth and shifts,” Mr Smith said.

“The management (of the industry) 10 years ago was very much government-guided. There was no marketing or research, no industry body as such, no vision, and it felt like there was no passion.



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