Queensland fruit growers see lack of purchases

Central Highlands grower forced to plough strawberry runners back into the ground

The effects of the pandemic are still affecting some Tasmanian farm operations in the hip pocket. One Central Highlands grower is having to plough around a million dollars of strawberry runners back into the ground.

Jack Beattie grows the runners for strawberry farms across the country at his Ouse property and says the lack of farm workers in Queensland has had a big effect on the operation of the farm this harvest. The drop in purchases is not a major concern after this year, because the company in future will concentrate on providing strawberry runners to fruit growers in more temperate climates around the country.

Click here to listen to an interview with Beattie on Tasmanian Country Hour with Tony Briscoe


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