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Macadamia farmer says prices are at their best

Macadamia nut farmer Errol Vass in a grove of Macadamia nut trees. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Macadamia nut farmer Errol Vass in a grove of Macadamia nut trees. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

NO wonder Errol Vass is cracking a big smile.

He's been in the macadamia nut farming industry for more than 20 years and never seen prices as good as they are now.

"There's a very good demand for macadamias at the moment," Errol said this week.

"Usually, nut prices follow other nut prices, so if one goes up, the rest do too."

Errol's "small-scale" farm is located on a property outside of Rockhampton heading towards Yeppoon.

He said the Chinese had also been making big orders of late. "Currently, they're (macadamias) up around $3.70/kg depending on quality," he said.

"We have pretty good quality up here mainly because we don't get prolonged amounts of rain."

With 1700 trees on his farm, Errol said his biggest harvest was 42 tonnes.

"It varies, we get about 25 tonnes on average, it pays the bills," he said.

"We're nearly finished our harvest at the moment." 

His main buyer is a large factory in Bundaberg.

"The demand is good right now," he said.

"I think they (macadamias) are getting more and more popular, especially with all of the health benefits around it."

Errol said the industry had enabled him to work in with his family.

He said his wife was the "career woman" while he was the house husband raising the children.

"It gave me the freedom of being able to pick up the kids from school and be flexible, because with macadamias, you don't have to pick them up today, they can be given a few days," he said.  

Topics:  farming macadamia



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