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‘Disaster arrangement changes necessary in Australia’

Fruit and vegetable growers on Queensland's Granite Belt have been left without an income for a year after a devastating hail event. The February hailstorm wiped out a range of fruit and vegetable crops on Queensland's Granite Belt. Although the affected area was too small to be declared a disaster, some growers are left without income for one year.

Growers say it is time for a rethink on disaster arrangements. The powerful hailstorm wiped out strawberries, apples, capsicums, tomatoes, cucumbers, and beans with 100 per cent losses for some growers, while their neighbors were left unscathed.

State Member for Southern Downs James Lister said he had written to Queensland's Agriculture Minister, Mark Furner, about the damage and asked for disaster recovery grants for the many small family producers affected.


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