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There are about 9 million hectares of olives in the world, with the largest areas in Spain, Italy, Greece and Tunisia. Olives are grown between the latitudes of 30° and 45° from the equator. In Australia, the main producing areas are between latitudes 31° and 38°S. Production in Western Australia ranges from Chapman Valley, Northampton (29.5°S), to Albany (34.5°S). Olive production has increased markedly in Australia in the past ten years with a large increase in managed investment scheme olive groves. The Moore River region of the Shire of Gingin accounts for over 70 per cent of olive trees and production in Western Australia. Large groves are also established at Frankland and West Beverley. Smaller groves have been planted in areas such as Geraldton, Margaret River, Peel, Warren and York.
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Climate, Soils, Processing, Marketing, Olive oil, Olives, Crop establishment, Propagation, Planting, Irrigation, Pests, Diseases, Weeds, Pruning, Pollination, Harvesting, Storage, Western Australia
Fruit Science | Horticulture
Taylor, R, and Burt, J. (2007), Growing olives in Western Australia. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth.