Meninga says rip into our citrus
MAL Meninga wants Queenslanders to eat Central and North Burnett citrus.
The State of Origin coach has urged people to help flood-battered farmers by eating locally-produced citrus fruits.
“There is nothing quite like eating home-grown citrus and nothing would make me happier than to have everyone getting stuck into them like we are going to get stuck into the Blues next week,” he said.
“Our farmers are battling at the moment and I’m calling on every Queenslander to back them like you back us when the chips are down.”
Gayndah citrus grower Judy Shepherd said the support was welcome.
“Anything that helps us sell good quality fruit is a good thing,” she said.
Mrs Shepherd said producers were throwing away excellent quality fruit because the skin was not perfect.
“The focus should be on the internal quality of the fruit, which is perfect,” she said.
“Consumers choose with their eyes, it’s just a matter of re-educating them.”
Community Recovery and Resilience Minister David Crisafulli made the appeal with Meninga in Bundaberg on Tuesday.
“People ask me what they can do to help people who were hit in the disaster,” Mr Crisafulli said.
“Buy a Queensland orange or mandarin that may not look perfect, it’s the sweetest and juiciest on the market today.”
NOT BAD: Minister David Crisafulli and Mal Meninga appeal to the public to buy flood-damaged citrus.