Cherries from Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and South Australia will be the “most expensive ever grown in history”, says Tom Eastlake, president of the Cherry Growers Association of Australia.
Farmers on the eastern seaboard have been hit hard by continued rain, unseasonably cold weather and low pollination spread which has reduced the annual harvest to just 40 per cent of the previous year.
“Nothing like this has ever happened before across every production region in [eastern] Australia,” said Eastlake. The situation is “unprecedented”.
“This will be the most expensive crop per cherry grown in history,” Mr Eastlake said.
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