Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 4


Ian Cameron


Grapes, Variety trials, Cultivation, Exports, Western Australia, Midland

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Exports wereonce a major outlet for the Western Australian table grape industry.

Over the last 20 years however, exports have fallen from 500 to 00 tonnes per year, despite an increase in the area planted to table grapes and an increase on overseas demand for our produce.

By 1993 less than 3 per cent of the table grapes produced in the State were exported.

The introduction of Redglobe, a new table grape varietyy from California, is expected to increase the export of table grapes from Western Australia to 1000t by 1997, when the variety will represent 90 per cent of all table grapes exported. (see Figure 1)

Redglobe production will be a $5 million industry by 1997 if growth continues at its current rate and the management techniques being developed are fully adopted.