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Greener times follow drought in Tasmania

There have been extreme transformations for many Tasmanian farms since 12 months ago. According to Bothwell farmer Will Bignell, improved rainfall has meant fewer grey hairs and more peaceful sleeps.

For some, it is even a bit much. Cherry Farmer Nic Hansen has had enough rain: "We don't like rain throughout the summer because it can crack our fruit, we learn to live with it and manage it but essentially yes, we don't want any more.”

He said picking was due to start at the beginning of December. "It's all about getting nice, warm soil conditions, so the cherries can grow into the nice, large size that Tasmanian fruit has become known for," Hansen said. But he feels anxious about the Australian fruit trade into China, with other exports like rock lobster caught up in a trade disputes.

"All growers are nervous given the well-publicised comments that the Federal Government has made," Hansen said. "Obviously we know American and North American fruit last year was subject to 100 per cent inspection which made it very difficult for those fruits. We're not sure what's going to happen at the moment."


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