Kalbar farmer Robert Hinrichsen says it will take a long time to rebuild the operation.
Kalbar farmer Robert Hinrichsen says it will take a long time to rebuild the operation. Jono Searle

These fruit and vege will cost more thank to TC Debbie

CONSUMERS can expect a hike in fruit and vegetable prices around May as some Queensland farmers face years of struggle with the fallout from Cyclone Debbie.

Scenic Rim business Kalfresh had around 100 acres of carrots, beans and pumpkin ripped from the ground as the remnants of Debbie hit Thursday.

Across other parts of Queensland, crop damage could cause a price hike for consumers buying tomatoes, capsicums, beans, pumpkins and melons.

Kalfresh Director Robert Hinrichsen, 48, said there would be a significant loss of vegetables in this year's winter harvest.

"Carrots are our bread and butter and we've had a lot of investment washed away," he said.

"Around $1000 an acre was planted and that's pretty much all gone now. It's not an un-significant loss."

The farms won't be able to simply replant the seeds either, Mr Hinrichsen said, because the top soil has all washed away.

"We'll look to grow something like corn to replenish the soil. And that could take a few years."

The Queensland Farmers' Federation has estimated has estimated the damage to fruit and vegetable crops at more than A$100 million.

The result for consumers could be a price spike in May when the crops would have arrived on supermarket shelves.

News Corp Australia


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