Western Australia

Carnarvon bananas selling cheap thanks to bumper crop

An overabundance of WA-grown bananas has hit the Perth market. Most retailers are offering specials on WA grown bananas to shift the big supplies, and the Sweeter Banana Co-operative, representing farmers in Carnarvon, is urging consumers to eat more of the nutritious and tasty fruit to support the industry.

Humid conditions and big rains caused by a tropical low at Carnarvon two weeks ago have given a major production boost to the Carnarvon banana crop during its peak production period, according to Sweeter Bananas Co-operative business manager Doriana Mangili.

"The tropical rains have given the bananas a turbo-injection,” she told thewest.com.au. “The warm, humid conditions made the bananas grow even faster, producing a bumper crop.”

The Sweeter Banana Co-operative claims production has doubled from 3,000 cartons a week in December to more than 6,000 a week at this point in time. More than 90,000 packs, each with about five bananas, are now hitting the Perth market each week.

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