Apple and Pear Growers Association of South Australia (APGASA) CEO Susie Green has given an update on the damage to crops incurred during the hailstorm two weeks ago.
APGASA undertook damage assessments late last week by sampling around 85 blocks across the Adelaide Hills Region, with at least one sample collected from nearly every grower. As expected, every apple grower in the hills has been impacted. The one consolation is that pears fared better than expected, with only minor damage in some parts.
Susie stressed that getting netting onto orchards is a high priority.
“We’re about to be hit with a double whammy this season. Bird pressures are very high on fruit crops at the moment and fruit bats are also building in numbers and damage.”
APAL’s Head of Government Relations Jeremy Griffith will be flying to Canberra this week to speak with the key Federal members, advisors, and the Department of Agriculture about ensuring ongoing support for growers, as well as assistance with netting to ensure the future protection of the industry.