WA Citrus Industry
The Western Australian (WA) Citrus industry has grown by almost 50% in planted area over the last eight years and now occupies approximately 1,561 hectares of land. In this time there has been a 75% increase in tree numbers with a trend towards higher density plantings. This growth has come with the expansion of existing orchards and the establishment of three of the state’s five largest orchards. These five large orchards ranging in size from 160 to 200 hectares make up 64% of the WA citrus industry. The majority of citrus orchards in WA are less than 10 hectares in size.
WA currently producers approximately 15,000 tonnes of citrus fruits each year, accounting for just over 2 per cent of national production. Most is consumed within WA is expected to reach 40,000 tonnes by 2015 as recent plantings come into full production.
Specific WA information is provided by The Department of Agriculture and Food WA Citrus Information