Caused by low fruit crop yields and prices
LOW fruit crop yields and prices have caused problems for some growers.
Dr Sharman Stone, Federal Member for Murray said, “Pear crop yields have dropped by 40%. The pear intake this year for SPC Ardmona (SPCA) was only 23,000 tonnes compared to 35,000 tonnes four years ago.
“As for peaches, SPCA only took in 34,000 tonnes this year as compared to 54,000 tonnes four years ago.
“Apples have had a good year but prices have dropped significantly because of the use of the supermarket’s low price policies. This time last year growers sold apples for $6 per kilo and now they are often only paid $2 per kilo.
“Plums are also being sold very cheap. Unfortunately rock bottom prices do not always generate higher sales.
“The high Australian dollar that affects exports, low fruit prices, and the supermarket’s power to drive down prices, have added to the problems of storms and floods.
“It has also been reported that Australia has a low fruit consumption rate.
“We cannot fight the weather but we can fight off the uncertainty in the marketplace. The Coalition will revise competition policies to support the suppliers instead of focusing on who gets the cheapest prices,” Dr Stone said.