Buy fruit and cut it
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.