New technology trialled with US mango shipment

The season’s first shipment of Territory mangoes to be exported to the United States (US) has been trucked out of Darwin.

The shipment of Kensington Pride and Nam Doc Mai from Acacia Hills mango grower Tou’s Garden will carry a temperature, humidity and location monitoring device that is being trialled by the Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) and Telstra.

Fruit and other produce should be transported under consistent temperature and humidity conditions to maintain optimum quality.

The Sendum PT300D captures and reports information in real time to the grower and exporter, meaning any problems encountered during transport can be quickly identified and corrective action can be taken.

If successful it is hoped the device will be used in the future in a range of horticultural and other exports.

DPIR Market Development Officer Michael Daysh is accompanying the mango shipment to monitor the challenges of maintaining fruit quality throughout the journey and compliance with US import conditions, and gather information about the arrival, distribution and retail conditions of Australian mangoes in the US.

He will provide feedback to Territory growers about the supply chain activity and retail conditions to help them gain a better understanding of the US market.

You can read the department’s full media release online.

Ian Quin, from Tou’s Gardens and DPIR’s Market Development Manager Jenny Hill with the first shipment of Territory mangoes to be exported to the United States
Ian Quin from Tou’s Gardens and DPIR’s Market Development Manager Jenny Hill with the first shipment of Territory mangoes to be exported to the United States