The Ongoing Way Cyclone Debbie Will Affect Aussies
As Queensland prepares to receive a category 4 cyclone, the rest of Australia is thinking of them, hoping the devastation won’t be too severe.
A report on news.com.au has brought to our attention the change cyclone Debbie will leave long after she passes through.
Is fruit and vegetable crops are badly hit during the storm, it could see the price of tomatoes and capsicums SOAR.
Not only is this bad news for everyday Aussies, but also for farmers, who depend on the growth of these veggies for their livelihood.
This is an all-too familiar feeling for Aussies, as Cyclone Larry in 2006 saw a banana shortage for nearly 12 months.
“If we can’t pick it’s a roll-on effect. We have a lot of backpackers, a lot of locals. It’s tourism, it’s our local community. It would be pretty catastrophic,” Bowen Gumlu Growers Association Industry Development Officer Cherry Emeric said.
Bowen is one of the areas thought to be badly hit by the cyclone, and as horticulture contributes around $450 million annually to the Bowen economy and employs 3200 people, it could spell disaster.
Local farms produce a large range of fruits and vegetables from corn to pumpkins, melons, mangoes, eggplant, chilli and macadamia nuts.
“Roughly between 15 and 20 per cent of planting is in the ground. That crop will be picked at the end of May,” Ms Emeric said.
“If we get a lot of rain after this that’s going to provide a lot of problems.”
“It’s just this waiting game …. I know a lot of people are very, very anxious and they have taken this cyclone very seriously.”