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Australia: Tas farmers applaud bumper raspberry crop

Tasmania's raspberry crop has peaked in the lead up to the busy festive season.

A southern Tasmanian raspberry farm has more than tripled its employees this year, with recent rain producing a bumper crop.

Westerway farmer Richard Clark began picking his raspberries at the end of November, two weeks earlier than last year.

Mr Clark says the 120 pickers have already harvested about six tonnes of raspberries.

"We've got a lot of university students, 30 backpackers are now staying the farm from about ten different nationalities," he said.

Mr Clark says the quality and taste of this year's crop is much better than last year's.

"Last year we had a really nasty frost at the end of October, this year no frost, earlier fruit and we're actually just starting to hit the pick of the season now as opposed to after Christmas," he said.


Publication date: 12/21/2009


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