The group representing Australian macadamia farmers says it is expecting production to drop up to 10 per cent this year. Australian Macadamia Society chief executive officer Jolyon Burnett says production has been low for the past three years because of weather extremes.
He says while the value of Australian macadamias is strong, the lower production is concerning. "We had hoped to see production of around 40,000 tonnes this year," he said. "We're now expecting around 35,000 tonnes, so that's a drop of about seven to 10 per cent and it's a bit of a worry."