Apples, Pears & Stone Fruits
There are some 10.3 million bearing apple and pear trees in Australia, making this the country’s largest fruit-growing sector. Stone fruit is also very significant with 8.4 million fruit-bearing trees. These fruit-growing sectors have seen major challenges in recent years. Pests and diseases afflict both sectors, sometimes in plague proportions, but no challenge is more significant than the widespread drought. Iirrigating an orchard is a poor use of resources if pest and disease control is not given the same priority.