Poor weather and labor shortages leave Griffith Citrus Growers without full crop

A release from Citrus Australia says that farmers around the country have been reporting crops of extremely nice mandarins, lemons and oranges. Alas, Vito Mancini, the president of Griffith Citrus Growers isn't as confident. He said that while the fruit was definitely of high quality, Griffith hadn't quite had the bumper year that other regions benefited from.

""The way the season shaped up, it would have been one of those once a decade events where fruit quality, size and yield were all up," he said. "Our area has suffered a bit more with the labour shortage, and a bit more rain during the harvest than the other regions, but all in all, the fruit quality has been fantastic.”

Mancini also said that two rounds of hail had damaged a lot of otherwise perfect fruit, and that a lack of fruit pickers this year had meant there simply wasn't the labor available to harvest the crops.

Source: areanews.com.au

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