FARMING & AGRICULTURE Tablelands agriculture includes a large diversity of plant & animal industries & production of both tropical & subtropical crops. As depicted above, the largest crop is that of bananas, then mangos. Sugar cane, coffee, avocado & a variety of fruits are also produced in addition to beef, dairy & poultry. A typical agricultural soil in the Mareeba area is derived from granite & has inherent low fertility. Soil profiles for these soils often comprise a sandy loam/sandy clay loam over a red, structured, coarse sandy clay soil with a slightly acid pH. Nevertheless, agriculture has thrived & is a significant contributor to the local economy.