AS WINTER crops are being planted in the flood devastated Lockyer Valley, Australians everywhere are being asked to help farmers get back on their feet and buy Aussie produce.
For the second time in two years, farmers in the Lockyer Valley have been hit with devastating floods but in true Aussie spirit, raw grit and determination coupled with a little help from every day Aussies will see them bounce back.
Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones, said while the Australia Day weekend flood caused tens of millions of dollars worth of damage to the local agriculture industry, winter crops are about to be planted.
"If people right across Australia choose fresh Australian produce over inferior imported products, they will directly help flood affected farmers devastated by this latest flood start rebuilding their lives," he said.
"The Lockyer Valley has some of the most fertile soils in the world and there is no doubt we will be harvesting as much fresh produce as possible."
The impact on the local agricultural industry was mixed, with some producers hit hard, others suffering minimal disruption.
"I know of one local producer who has 600 acres of prime agricultural land but due to the flood can only use about 10 percent at he moment. Meanwhile other farmers are saying the impact on their production was minimal as they were transitioning from their summer crops to winter ones," Cr Jones said.
"I was born and bred in the Lockyer Valley and if there is one thing that's certain, that's that farmers will do everything they can to turn out a bumper crop and if everyone buys fresh Australian produce, we can all play a part in their recovery."
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