Buy fruit and cut it

Gatton Star - - YOUR SAY - Bruce Hor­rocks Bruce.hor­[email protected]­ton­

THIS year we have seen a royal com­mis­sion into the bank­ing in­dus­try take shape and while there have been no find­ings handed down as yet the news com­ing from the hear­ings is most in­ter­est­ing to say the least and the in­for­ma­tion com­ing from the in­surance in­dus­try are just as in­ter­est­ing.

The news there were con­tin­u­ing de­duc­tions from the ac­counts of dead peo­ple was to me the most ab­hor­rent find­ing yet. It will be most in­ter­est­ing to see what penal­ties – if any – are im­posed. The an­nounce­ment of the Royal Com­mis­sion into Aged Care will be just as in­ter­est­ing with the prac­tices in some aged care fa­cil­i­ties be­ing high­lighted al­ready. It is very im­por­tant how­ever not to put all fa­cil­i­ties into the same cat­e­gory and we must all make our own de­ci­sions on the level of care and service on of­fer through­out th­ese fa­cil­i­ties just as it is vi­tally im­por­tant not to put all banks and in­surance com­pa­nies into the same cat­e­gory.

As if the ru­ral sec­tor has not been smashed enough of late, sewing nee­dles in straw­ber­ries is prob­a­bly the last straw for many straw­berry farm­ers. For an in­dus­try bat­tling over sup­ply, low prices and un­favourable grow­ing con­di­tions this will be the end for many grow­ers.

News this week that many of th­ese grow­ers are now spend­ing up­wards of $30,000 on equip­ment to de­tect for­eign mat­ter dur­ing the pack­ing process.

An added ex­pense many can’t af­ford but are re­quired to do so to give the con­sumer some con­fi­dence to buy a crop that is al­ready on it’s knees.

We are also hear­ing there are farm­ers who are shut­ting down this sea­son’s crop early and cop­ping a fi­nan­cial hit un­til this sab­o­tage at­tempt is long gone from the spot­light.

We can­not do any more but con­tinue to buy straw­ber­ries and cut them up prior to eat­ing to sup­port the grow­ers as we should sup­port all our farm­ers dur­ing this tough pe­riod.

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