Longan: Improving Yield and Quality

  • 69 pages

  • Published: 1 Nov 2002

  • Author(s): Diczbalis, Yan

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Longan (Dimocarpus longan Lour.) and rambutan (Nephellium lappaceum L.) are popular exotic fruits native to Asia. Australia produces approximately 300-500 tonnes/annum of longan returning $2.0M, while rambutan production ranges from 500 to 1000 tonnes/annum valued at a maximum of $4.5M. The production of these crops in Australia is still in its infancy with rapid development in industry size, marketing and export opportunities occurring within the last decade.

Despite the rapid growth in these industries, there is still little research and documentation on production requirements. Both industries in association with RIRDC, DPI (Queensland Horticulture Institute) and the Northern Territory Department of Business and Resource Development (Horticulture Branch) have produced strategic plans for their development. The commissioning of this project is a result of the strategic planning exercise, with both industries rating further research on nutrient and irrigation requirements and management high on their agenda.