Cyclone May Open Banana Imports


New South Wales north coast banana growers are worried the devastation of Queensland crops could increase the pressure for imported bananas.

In recent years the industry has been fighting to stop banana imports from countries like the Philippines, arguing they bring with them the threat of disease.

The Australian Banana Growers Council says Cyclone Yasi has destroyed crops across north Queensland.

Ron Grey, from the Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga Banana Growers Association, says the import situation is worrying.

“The NSW industry is in enough trouble now without having imports in as well,” he said.

“I hope there’s enough bananas left in north Queensland to be able to keep the price a little bit reasonable for consumers.

“If that happens I’m inclined to think the government wouldn’t allow the imports in, but if they went too expensive then I’d say they’ll allow them in.”

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