Snouts run wild at ice cream shop farm­land

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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