[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
Wed Jul 3 19:25:10 EDT 2013


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:
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>> Updated 9 hours 11 minutes ago
>>  *Video:* Heartbreak for Goulburn Valley orchardists (7pm TV News VIC)
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>>  *Map: * Shepparton
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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.
>>
>> 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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