25 Feb 2009

High damage to crops from heat

3:58 pm on 25 February 2009

Fires, floods and high temperatures are proving a costly combination for farmers and growers in eastern Australia.

Prices have risen and some staples are in short supply as growers in Victoria and North Queensland write off some crops entirely.

The ABC reports the heat did more damage to crops and orchards than the fires. Many crops have been destroyed by high temperatures.

Shortages are expected when the crops due to go to market

Orchards are also affected: stone fruit is burned and split and farmers have lost a lot of money

Floods in northern Queensland have disrupted distribution of crops, such as bananas, for weeks.