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Australia Banana prices expected to skyrocket after Queensland storms

07:27  06 march  2021
07:27  06 march  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Banana prices could increase several dollars a kilogram as far northern Queensland farmers assess more than 0 million in crop damage after Cyclone Niran hit the coast this week. Cyclone Larry in 2006 and Cyclone Yasi in 2011 caused banana prices to jump from a kilogram to as much as Boogan fifth-generation banana grower Charles Camuglia lost his crop to extreme wind on March 1 as Cyclone Niran neared the coast. Credit:Australian Bananas Growers Council. Cyclone Niran battered the region with strong winds, heavy rainfall and storms , affecting the coastline from Cape Flattery

Cyclone Niran wipes out banana crops in far-north Queensland . Growers around Innisfail and the Cassowary Coast left in despair but banana prices not expected to skyrocket in wake of storm . Thousands of southeast Queensland homes were left without power after more than 70mm of rain fell in just 30 minutes during wild weather on Tuesday


a group of palm trees next to a tree: Tropical Cyclone Niran caused an estimated $180 million in damage to Queensland banana crops. © Nine Tropical Cyclone Niran caused an estimated $180 million in damage to Queensland banana crops.

The price of bananas is expected to skyrocket after Tropical Cyclone Niran caused an estimated $180 million in damage of Far North Queensland's crops.

Queensland is responsible for approximately 94 per cent of Australia's banana production, the majority of which is grown in Far North Queensland.

According to the Australian Banana Growers' Council an estimated 150 farms were damaged by Niran this week.


a bunch of green bananas hanging from a plant: Queensland is responsible for the majority of Australia's banana crops. © iStock Queensland is responsible for the majority of Australia's banana crops.

After Tropical Cyclone Larry and Tropical Cyclone Yasi did significant damage to crops in 2006 and 2011 respectively, the price per kilo jumped by $2.

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Flood damage on banana farms in north Queensland — Australia's largest growing area — is expected to lead to reduced supply and a rise in prices . The full extent of crop losses will not be known until later this week, but farmers who have been More than a metre of rain has fallen in some areas of north Queensland over the past week, leading to major rivers between Cardwell and Cairns bursting their banks and the worst flooding of surrounding farmland in 20 years. Tully Valley banana grower Leon Collins estimated he had lost a quarter of his crop, because it had been submerged for too long.

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Video: Banana crops damaged in Far North Queensland (ABC NEWS)

While Tropical Cyclone Niran didn't actually touch down in Australia, remaining hundreds of kilometres off the Queensland coast, the weather system associated with it struck hard last week.

Communities along the coast between Cape Melville and Innisfail saw wind gusts of around 100km per hour with areas including Cooktown, Port Douglas, and Cairns feeling the full impact.

It is believed close to half of the 11,000 hectares of banana crops around North Queensland were damaged and the clean-up could take anywhere up to 12 months.

While prices at major supermarkets including Coles and Woolworths haven't yet been affected by the damage, this is expected to change in coming weeks.

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