Cit­rus grow­ers pick up pace

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

A RE­MINDER of fruit grow­ers’ eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tions has been raised as the mur­cott man­darin sea­son ap­proaches.

Fed­eral Mem­ber for Flynn Ken O’Dowd’s speech to Par­lia­ment on Mon­day ac­knowl­edged the im­por­tance of fruit grow­ers’ to the Aus­tralian econ­omy, sin­gling out Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera.

“The Gayn­dah crop this year was flat­tened by a hail storm and later we had those dev­as­tat­ing floods in Mun­dub­bera, Gayn­dah and Monto and Bund­aberg, where there was sig­nif­i­cant dam­age done,” Mr O’Dowd said. “How­ever, the in­dus­try is start­ing to get back on its feet.”

Mr O’Dowd re­in­forced the mes­sage that fruit with su­per­fi­cial marks was still a de­li­cious and high qual­ity prod­uct.

“It amazes me, when you go to the cit­rus plan­ta­tions how much, I be­lieve, good fruit is thrown on the ground,” he said.

“About 40% of the fruit ends up on the ground.

“When you are walk­ing around you do not want to step on it be­cause it looks like good fruit but it gets re­jected by the can­nery and mar­kets.”

Lo­cal or­chardists will be­gin the mur­cott man­darin har­vest over the next few weeks.

PHOTO: BRAN­DON LIVESAY

MURCOTTS ARE COM­ING: Cit­rus farm­ers are get­ting ready for the next har­vest, which will be­gin in Cen­tral and North Bur­nett over the next few weeks.

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