Ba­nana plan­ta­tion goes up in flames

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - An­drea Falvo

AN ex­ten­sive por­tion of a Far North Queens­land ba­nana farm has been de­stroyed by a bush­fire.

Pow­er­house cou­ple Rob and Krista Watkins of Walka­min shared the news of their fam­ily’s charred pla­na­tion on so­cial me­dia.

Along with run­ning a suc­cess­ful ba­nana farm, the pair are the founders of Nat­u­ral Evo­lu­tion Foods, cre­at­ing a range of nat­u­ral su­per foods such as ba­nana flour and sweet potato flour.

This is the third dis­as­ter the Watkins fam­ily’s plan­ta­tion has been hit with, af­ter hav­ing been se­verely af­fected by two cy­clones in the past.

“It breaks our heart to share this but the grounds of Nat­u­ral Evo­lu­tion has suf­fered ex­ten­sive fire dam­age to part of the plan­ta­tion and sur­round na­tive bush­land,” they said.

“We are blessed Dad (Bruce Watkins) was there for us as we are away. The peo­ple and fac­tory are all safe luck­ily.”

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