pineapplesHarvest has started on the Northern Territory’s largest pineapple farm, which continues to expand towards year-round production.

Piñata Farms, Australia’s largest pineapple producer, has grown pineapples in Queensland for decades and last year picked its first NT crop.

Operations manager Stephen Scurr said the company learnt a lot from last year’s harvest, and was impressed with this year’s crop.

“Last year was sort of an average crop in our books, but this year our fruit size has definitely improved and will improve even further as we get into the crop,” he said.

“You’re always learning, but yeah, we’re very happy.”

Mr Scurr said there was now more than 1.1 million pineapple plants on the farm at Humpty Doo, south of Darwin, and the company was pushing ahead with its expansion plans.

“Our original plan was to give it three years, so planting around 15 acres a year and see how it performs,” he told ABC Rural.

“But after our first year we felt that we had potential here, so we doubled that and we’ll double it again.

“We think the climate here is ideal for growing fruit and giving it a good sweet flavour.

“We believe we could do pineapples all-year-round here, and that’s our next aim, to keep extending our season out.

“This year we’ll go from February through to August and next year, all being well, we’ll probably extend that [season] out even further, and maybe the following year we’ll hopefully [be harvesting] across 12 months with a bit of luck.”

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