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Queensland strawberry glut has growers selling at a loss

An excess of strawberries in Queensland has caused the price of a punnet to dip dramatically this winter, leaving farmers to sell their produce at or beneath the cost of production.

Australian Strawberry Growers Association president, John Calle, said Australian ­supermarkets were paying growers about $1.30 a punnet despite it costing around $1.50 to $1.60 to produce a punnet of strawberries, which meant growers were working at a loss at the moment.

While Australian strawberry growers normally suffer a glut of supply around October, Mr Calle said, Queenslanders had suffered from oversupply earlier this year, partly due to Cyclone Debbie.

“The cyclone up in Queensland affected all the strawberry growers,” he said.

“They all planted at the same time, so all the strawberries come in at the same time and there’s an oversupply — that’s the reason why the prices are so low down.”

Source: weeklytimesnow.com.au

Publication date: 8/30/2017


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