[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 23:12:51 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


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:
> >
> >>
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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)
> >> <
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> http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-02/heartbreak-for-goulburn-valley-orchardists/4795164
> >> >
> >>  <
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> 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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