Meninga says rip into our cit­rus

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@cnbtimes.com.au

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.”

PHOTO: MAX FLEET BUN280513DAV1

NOT BAD: Min­is­ter David Crisa­fulli and Mal Meninga ap­peal to the pub­lic to buy flood-dam­aged cit­rus.

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