Snouts run wild at ice cream shop farmland
FERAL pigs are wreaking havoc on the crops of a popular Daintree business.
Daintree Ice Cream Company owner David Mainwaring said operating in the frozen food industry without access to the electricity grid was difficult enough without hungry porkers snaffling the ingredients.
“It costs us a lot of money,” he said.
“All of the new young fruit trees that we put into the ground get dug up pretty much as soon as you put fertiliser around the tree.
“We farm organically up here. It’s great for the land but organic fertiliser has more of a smell and pigs come to it.
“It’s like we’re punished for trying to farm responsibly.”
The pigs eat low-hanging fruit, cause soil erosion and de- stroy native habitats in the World Heritage-listed area.
Based in Diwan, the small factory is connected to a orchard with crops including black sapote, jackfruit, passionfruit and jaboticaba, which to create uniquely tropical ice cream flavours.
The Douglas Shire Council runs two pig traps on the property but it is not enough to keep a ballooning population in check.
Mr Mainwaring believes establishing a responsible guided bow-hunting tourism industry could be the answer as opposed to letting hunters run rampant with dogs that target cassowaries and other native animals.