[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
Thu Jul 4 19:08:51 EDT 2013


yay!


On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 5:34 PM, John D'hondt <dhondt at eircom.net> wrote:

>
> > 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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