Good for the economy
Almonds are Australia's most valuable horticultural crop. In 2019/2020 almond exported to more than 50 countries were worth $772.6 million. For each tonne of almonds sold in Australia, 2.6 tonnes were exported.
“Almond trees capture and store a significant amount of carbon both above and below the surface over their 25-year lifecycle... This carbon storage provides a climate benefit not considered in conventional carbon footprints.” Alissa Kendall, Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of California.
Good use of water
Almond growers use the latest technology to use water efficiently and are always trying to improve further in this area of natural resource use by growing more almonds for every litre applied. The almond industry supports the Murray Darling Basin Plan to share water appropriately between irrigated agriculture and environmental flows. Our water policy seeks to protect the riverine environment where our growers and their families live and work. The almond industry was the first horticultural industry to request a moratorium on new developments receiving approval to irrigate until governments could provide assurances that water was able to be delivered from storages in a reliable manner without undue environmental impact. Those in the water authorities applauded the almond industry’s leadership on the issue.
Almonds and Bees: A healthy partnership
“The pollen in almond blossoms is an excellent source of nutrition for bees. Our beehives are stronger and healthier after being in an almond orchard than before”. PETER MCDONALD, APIARIST AND RECENT CHAIR OF THE AUSTRALIAN HONEY BEE INDUSTRY COUNCIL.
Almond Blossom Festivals
Good for local communities
The communities in almond producing regions are holding festivals during July / August period when the orchards are in full bloom and offer a magnificent backdrop to celebrate the coming warmer weather and growing season for almonds and many other crops grown in the food bowls of Sunraysia, Riverina and Riverland.