Stick with us, say local fruit growers

UNDER WATER: Much of Abbotsleigh Citrus farm is inundated. Photo: Vanessa Marsh / NewsMail
UNDER WATER: Much of Abbotsleigh Citrus farm is inundated. Photo: Vanessa Marsh / NewsMail Vanessa Marsh

GROWERS across the region are urging Bundaberg shoppers to look for local sticker labels and have created a website so people know what to look for.

Michael McMahon of Abbotsleigh Citrus said buying local would help farmers recover.

"It's the best thing they can do to help us get back on our feet," he said.

The citrus grower said the idea for "Help Qld Farmers" came up the day after the flood devastation.

"We were sitting around the table having a few beers, and Mal Brough (former Australian politician) was here and he said, "Why don't you do a website"," Mr McMahon said.

Michael's sister Clare DeLuca is running the Australia-wide project.

"She's set it all up, she's talking to growers - it's a good way to promote local growers," Mr McMahon said.

He said Abbotsleigh citrus, which suffered 80% inundation, was recovering steadily.

"It's happening - there's a lot to do," he said.

Look for dark blue Abbotsleigh Citrus label in Coles, Woolworths, IGA and other retailers.

Megan Roth of Novacott Citrus said while their orchard had been hit the worst; they were determined to recover - slowly.

"I'm still halfway up an orange tree," Mrs Roth said.

Mrs Roth said without a doubt, people should be supporting local growers.

"It's so important - people need to be buying local and buying Australian produce," she said.

In April, look out for the green Roth Citrus label in Woolworths and specialised quality fruit and vegetable stores such as Beemart.

Chris Benham of Beyanda Citrus said they were still recovering.

"We're waiting on pumps to be fixed, among other things," she said.

Look for the blue Beyanda Australia sticker in Woolworths, Coles and IGA.

"See our sticker and support locals," she said.

Mrs Benham said it was important to buy local to keep growers going.

"We can't compete with imported foods because our growing costs are much higher than theirs," she said.


Topics:  farmers fruit

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