While many Western Australian businesses have been affected by the ongoing pandemic and/or weather issues, few have been as impacted by both as the Sweeter Banana plantation owners in Carnarvon. According to Sweeter Bananas business manager Doriana Mangili, during the plantations’ peak period, production volumes have doubled since December: “We’ve gone from producing around 3,000 cartons a week in December to over 6,000 currently. To put that in perspective, that’s an increase of 45,000 packs to over 90,000 packs with about five bananas in each bag.“
“That means we’re sending an incredible 450,000 bananas a week to Perth, but thanks to the recent monsoonal rains and floods we experienced coupled with the short, sharp lockdown for five days, many of our growers have been faced with mountains of bananas to sell.”
“The tropical rains we experienced a few weeks ago gave the bananas a turbo-injection – the warm, humid conditions made them grow even faster, producing a bumper crop,” Doriana also told haveagonews.com.au. “We are having trouble keeping up with packing them in our shed; we’ve got so many bunches coming in.”
An article on Have A Go News, expresses the hope that people will support local WA farms and buy Carnarvon bananas when they shop.