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

Carolyn Anderson cschampagne at gmail.com
Wed Jul 3 09:56:49 EDT 2013


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:

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>  *Video:* Heartbreak for Goulburn Valley orchardists (7pm TV News VIC)
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> 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.
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> 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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Carolyn


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