Farmers going fruity on Facebook
BRENT Chambers and his wife Rachel are starting a campaign to get everyone in Australia to go to the shop and buy a few mandarins.
Mrs Chambers has started a Facebook campaign called “We heart Citrus” which she hopes will encourage consumers to consider the plight of growers.
With her help, Queensland citrus growers have started their own social media marketing campaign to tackle low mandarin prices.
“Everyone in the community needs to help our farmers sell their fruit and if we all get on the Facebook campaign and spread the word that a few pieces of fruit, consumed by everyone, will make the difference,” Mrs Chambers said.
“Our farmers have all had a hard time of it over the last few years and now it is our turn to get in and give a hand.”
The page features pictures of growers, their families and their farms, which Mrs Chambers said she hoped would create a relationship between those who ate the fruit, and those who grew it.
Mr Chambers from Central Burnett Fruit Packers in Mundubbera said the quality of the fruit this year was remarkable and the amount of first grade fruit was unique.
“Citrus growers have done an amazing job to produce the best crop for several years and now they just might be the ones paying the price,” Mr Chambers said.
“The amount of fruit on the market is pushing prices down and placing pressure back on the growers.”
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