Citrus is one of most important horticultural industries in NSW with a production area of around 13,000 hectares. The Australian citrus industry is the largest fresh fruit exporter in Australia worth in excess of A$200 million annually. NSW produces around 250,000 tonnes of citrus annually representing 40% of Australian production and 36% of citrus exports.

The largest and most important production areas in NSW are in the Riverina and Murray Valley regions, with smaller plantings located around Bourke, Narromine and the Central and North coast regions of NSW. The main citrus fruits grown in NSW are navel and Valencia oranges, mandarins, lemons, limes and grapefruit.

NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has the largest citrus research and extension team in Australia and plays a leading role in supporting the NSW and Australian citrus industry with its substantial research, extension and information capacity.

NSW DPI contacts

  • Citrus Development Officer: Steven Falivene, 03 5019 8400 (Dareton)
  • Citrus Entomology: Jianhua Mo, 02 6951 2611 (Yanco)
  • Citrus Pathology: Nerida Donovan, 02 4640 6333 (EMAI)

Government agencies

Other state and territory departments


  • Auscitrus
    The trading name of the Australian Citrus Propagation Association Incorporated (ACP), a national "not for profit" industry organisation responsible for supply of citrus budwood and seed in Australia.
  • Citrus Australia Ltd
    The national peak body of the Australian citrus growing industry. ACG membership includes nine grower organisations and three State Statutory Citrus Authorities, which in turn represent approximately 2,500 commercial citrus growers. Their web site contains links to many organisations and companies in the citrus industry.
  • Australian Horticulture Exporters' Association (AHEA)
    The national peak industry body of exporters committed to the development of the export of Australian horticultural products. Also a designated secondary shipper body negotiating shipping freight rates on behalf of members and the horticultural export industry.
  • Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL)
    National research, development and marketing organisation. Horticulture industries can access matching Commonwealth funding through HAL for research and development activities.
  • Plant Health Australia
    A peak national coordinating body for plant health in Australia. PHA commissions projects and works with members to coordinate the development of national policy and capability to enhance the ability of Australian agriculture to respond effectively to plant pests, weeds and diseases.

    Research units

    The Horticulture research unit and Plant Health Sciences research unit carry out science and research directly related to the citrus industry.