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Shortages and higher prices expected in short-term

Floods are hurting some NSW farmers

Local Northern NSW supermarkets have been stripped bare as freight companies struggle with the closure of major routes like the Bells Line of Road and the Pacific Highway on the north coast.

About 30,000 people are affected by the floods around Sydney, and John Robertson, CEO Foodbank NSW ACT, said the shelves were bare in the local supermarkets: "The deli is empty, the chillers are empty, there's not a skerrick of milk, not even an extract, so there's a shortage of everything over there."

Wholesaler Shaun McInerney stated that some growers will be hit by the floods and some fresh herbs will be short supply in Sydney. quoted him as saying: "But we could pull those out of Victoria and we might have to pay a bit more for a couple of weeks.”

There might be some good news, though. The widespread rain has come at the perfect time for farmers who are about to sow their winter crops. NSW might enjoy another bumper season, and there will be plenty of wheat, rice, canola and chickpeas to supply Australia and export markets.

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