[permaculture] Goulburn Valley growers at risk of suicide after losing supply contracts - Farmers say cheap imports are destroying the local industry and around Shepparton.

John D'hondt dhondt at eircom.net
Thu Jul 4 17:34:39 EDT 2013


> I'm not involved in anything related to groceries, importing, or anything
> like this, but I think if we had a way to contact the growers directly,
> perhaps find someone at Whole Foods (in the US), or a large company in
> Europe or Japan or Dubai or another affluent part of the world that is 
> able
> to handle the details, we might get something going.
>
> Is there anyone on this list from Victoria who can contact the growers?
> Is there anyone who knows someone in one of the big food companies, or
> knows someone who does?
>
> Carolyn

I'll talk to a small fruit importer tomorrow and I will mention this. Maybe 
he can come up with a big fruit importer.
John

>
>
> On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM, John D'hondt <dhondt at eircom.net> wrote:
>
>>
>> I have never seen Australian fruit in Europe. South African, Peruvian yes
>> and these sell readily. It is only a matter of getting it here?
>> John
>>
>> > This sickens me. How can we help preserve the remaining trees?  Can we
>> > help
>> > create a market somehow?  We are a fairly large group, located all over
>> > the
>> > world.  Surely our collective minds can provide a solution.  Let's put
>> > them
>> > together and brainstorm for these trees and these humans!
>> >
>> > Carolyn
>> >
>> >
>> > On Wed, Jul 3, 2013 at 8:04 AM, Lawrence London
>> > <lfljvenaura at gmail.com>wrote:
>> >
>> >>
>> >>
>> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-03/farmers-at-risk-of-suicide-after-losing-supply-contracts/4795684
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>> >> >
>> >> Goulburn Valley growers at risk of suicide after losing supply 
>> >> contracts
>> >>
>> >> Updated 9 hours 11 minutes ago
>> >>  *Video:* Heartbreak for Goulburn Valley orchardists (7pm TV News VIC)
>> >> <
>> >>
>> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-02/heartbreak-for-goulburn-valley-orchardists/4795164
>> >> >
>> >>  <
>> >>
>> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-02/heartbreak-for-goulburn-valley-orchardists/4795166
>> >> >
>> >>  *Map: * Shepparton
>> >> 3630<
>> http://maps.google.com/?q=-36.382,145.3974%28Shepparton%203630%29&z=5
>> >> >
>> >>
>> >> Thousands of fruit trees, some almost a century old, are being ripped
>> out
>> >> of the ground in the Goulburn Valley, Victoria's most productive fruit
>> >> growing area.
>> >>
>> >> Farmers say cheap imports are destroying the local industry and around
>> >> Shepparton, one in five suppliers to the local cannery have revealed
>> they
>> >> are suffering from depression.
>> >>
>> >> SPC Ardmona recently cut its intake of locally-sourced fruit, as the
>> >> company struggles to compete with a influx of cheap imported fruit on
>> >> supermarket shelves.
>> >>
>> >> Jimmy and Kamal Singh have grown fruit near Shepparton for 14 years.
>> >>
>> >> Some of their pear trees are 90 years old.
>> >>
>> >>  This is really sad. You can see how healthy these trees are. They 
>> >> grow
>> >> beautiful fruit. We just can't sell it.
>> >>  Jimmy Singh, pear grower
>> >>
>> >>  Mr Singh has lost his entire contract to supply fruit to the cannery
>> and
>> >> has already had more than 3,500 trees knocked down.
>> >>
>> >> "This is really sad. You can see how healthy these trees are. They 
>> >> grow
>> >> beautiful fruit. We just can't sell it," he said.
>> >>
>> >> Right across the Goulburn Valley trees are being destroyed because of
>> >> concerns about fruit fly.
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