Citrus growers pick up pace
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.
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.