Crops left to rot in the ground

Weather wreaks havoc on seasonal produce Canberra region

Farmers in the Canberra region are warning summer fruits and vegetables which normally grace Christmas market stalls might not grow in time this year. The ACT has experienced its wettest November on record. Farms across the region are struggling as the rain is hampering operations.

Owners of a market garden near Captain's Flat reported that the crops that are normally harvested from the end of December to early January, will now be harvested at end of January to early March. The farm has had to throw out kilograms of strawberries already and is only producing about half what it normally would. The summer produce, which is already in the ground, is growing extremely slowly.


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