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Cane farmers crushed by $10 million flood loss

FRASER Coast farmers are still recovering from the lasting effects of the January floods, with this year's sugarcane crush expected to be 100,000 tonnes less than last year.

Canegrowers Maryborough manager Trevor Turner said the loss of crops would cost an estimated $10 million in revenue, mostly affecting growers adjacent to the Mary River and in low-lying areas such as the Pocket.

"Those growers have sustained 80-90% loss of their crop," he said.

"They've had two hidings in three years. They are struggling."

Mr Turner said about a third of the Fraser Coast's cane farms were inundated by floodwater.

It will take until next season before many of these farms will produce a crop, with the land damaged by silt, sand and debris.

This year's crush is expected to start at Maryborough Sugar Factory on July 23.

"Sugar prices are still reasonable," Mr Turner said.

"Longer term, things should be okay."

In Tiaro, grazier Ron Black said pastures were beginning to regenerate

"People are just getting on with it," he said.

He said fences on his property that were washed away in the floods had only recently been restored.

"Riverbanks are still a mess," he said.

Topics:  cane farmers, flooding, floods, maryborough




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