Inspect flood areas: Growcom

PEAK horticulture body Growcom has called on Primary Industries Minister Queensland Tim Mulherin to inspect flood affected areas of Emerald as horticultural producers continue to assess damage to crops including tablegrapes, citrus, melons and vegetables.

Chief executive Alex Livingstone said many growers were sandbagging their houses and had been unable to get onto flooded farmland.

“The area experienced rainfall of more than 180ml overnight with more on the way and many growers have been calling the resultant floods a disaster to their crops with 80 per cent losses on some farms,” Mr Livingstone said.

“Water is draining slowly but farms remain cut off from roads and markets.

“Reports of loss of equipment and infrastructure are expected after waters recede.

“Tablegrape growers expect the cost of crop damage in the district to be high. Melon growers have been unable to get onto fields to harvest in recent weeks and this flooding is likely to put paid to future attempts for many days.

“Pumpkin and other vegetable growers are doubtful their crops will survive continuing rain.”

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