New South Wales nut industry

New South Wales Nut Industry

The climate range and conditions in New South Wales make it the only state in Australia suitable for the growing of all of the commercial nut types currently cultivated in Australia.

In the north, the warmer climate is ideal for growing peanut, pecan and macadamia crops. In the milder climate conditiions of the south, pistachio and almond crops are grown. Hazelnuts, chestnuts and walnuts are also grown in New South Wales

Industry and investment (Primary Industries)
Industry and Investment (Primary Industries) is New South Wales department responsible for the the nut industry. NSW DPI’s role is to provide support to the horticutural industry through the provision of extension officers, research scientists, diagnostic laboratories, publications, horticultural courses and regulatory services. – NSW DPI.

Services to the nut industry provided through Primary Industries include:

  • The NSW Centre for Tropical Horticulture, Alstonville
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    NSW Centre for Tropical Horticulture is recognised by the horticultural industry and associated research bodies as a centre for the delivery of horticultural research, development and extension services. The research groups include plant physiology/nutrition, plant physiology in subtropical crops, research horticulture (canopy management), entomology, and, soil science.
  • Soil analysis and leaf analysis
    Soil and leaf analysis services are available at the testing laboratories to assist in determining the nutrient and trace element requirements of soil. In addition, the laboratories can undertake specialist testing for pesticide residues and heavy metal contamination.
  • Pest and disease identificationPlant Health Diagnostic Service (PHDS)
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    PHDS laboratories are staffed by specialist pathologists, bacteriologists, mycologists and entomologists – experts in a wide range of crop, pasture and horticultural pests and diseases – who can provide plant pathogen and insect identification of all insects, fungi and plant bacteria. Key functions of PHDS include the diagnosis of crop disease and disorders, identification of insect and mite problems, chemical resistance testing and active surveillance for emerging and exotic diseases.

DPI research activities are undertaken through the Horticulture Unit and the Plant Health Unit.

Harvesting macadamias – Courtesy of the Australian Macadamia Society


Almonds
The major growing region for Almonds in New South Wales is in the Riverland region. See the Almond pages for more information.

Chestnuts
Primary growing areas for chestnuts in New South Wales include the areas around Orange, the Southern Tablelands, the Blue Mountains and Batlow. See the Chestnut pages for more information.

Hazelnuts
Hazelnuts are grown widely across much of south-eastern Australia. In New South Wales the main production is in the Orange and Bathurst region. See the Hazelnut pages for more information.

Macadamias
In New South Wales macadamias are grown in the coastal region north from Nambucca Heads. Around 60% of the Australian crop is produced in the Northern Rivers District. See the Macadamia pages for more information.

Peanuts
Although there are peanuts grown in northern New South Wales, the volumn is not significant compared to Queensland (95% of the Australian output). See the Peanut pages for more information.

Pecans
Pecans are grown from the Hunter Valley and Nelson’s Bay on the Central Coast to the Mid North Coast near Kempsey and the North Coast near Lismore. See the Pecan pages for more information.

Pistachios
There are some plantings of pistachios along the Murray River border area of South-Western New South Wales and in other isolated areas. See the Pistachio pages for more information.

Walnuts
The bulk of walnut production in New South Wales occurs in the region around Griffith. See the Walnut pages for more information.


New South Wales Nut Nurseries


New South Wales Nut Growers

Chestnuts

Hazelnuts

Macadamias

Pecans

Pistachios

Walnuts


New South Wales Nut Sales

Hazelnuts

Macadamias

Pecans

Pistachios