Australian strawberries are facing another crisis due to the current lockdowns. Farmers plead with shoppers to buy now or the fruit will be destroyed. Farmers across Queensland, who are at the peak of their strawberry season, have seen sales painstakingly fall by 50 per cent as some of their fruit has been sent back to market due to lockdowns.
Queensland is Australia’s largest strawberry supply area, with over 100 growers whose produce contributes to the more than 41 percent of all fruit that comes from the sunny state. Lockdowns in NSW and Victoria have impacted sales.
Within weeks, prices for strawberries at Coles, Woolworths and Aldi have dropped dramatically from $2.50 a tray to just 99 cents. Now some farmers are starting to spray their strawberry crops to prevent them from growing further because they can’t afford to pick, pack and transport them.