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$200k in damage after "worst storm in 30 years" hits Australia

A farmer located in Alstonville, Australia said Sunday's storm was the biggest he has seen in 30 years.

Tom Silver said in the time his family has owned the avocado farm in the Ballina Shire he has never seen a single event destroy crop as this one did.

"It takes a real toll on the avocado crop for next year unfortunately," Mr Silver said.

"A lot of fruit got knocked off by the hail and a fair bit of damaged fruit is still on the tree."

"We'll salvage some crop from what is left, assuming there are not too many more incidents like that."

Once the storm cleared Mr Nichols and his business partner Aaron Davidson went out and saw the whole four and half acres of mixed market organic veggies completely destroyed.

"We lost 20,000 cabbages we were growing for a sauerkraut company and wholesalers, which were only two to three weeks off the first pick," Mr Nichols said.

"We lost our garlic crop and all our weekly mixed market veggies that we do for Lismore Produce Markets.

"We looked around and all the orchards with the avocados, figs and bananas were broken so all of this year's crop and all the fruit for next year is gone, we're not going to get any avocados for two years.

"There were probably 100 to 150 avocado trees that are gone and 200 fig trees that are stripped."

Mr Nichols estimates more $200,000 worth of veggies were lost in the vicious storm.

They have set up a fundraising page for anyone who wants to help: https://www.generosity.com/emergencies-fundraising/red-earth-organics


Publication date: 11/8/2017


 


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