Growers fear for future under Tasmanian fruit fly assistance changes
Author: ABC News

Tasmanian fruit growers in the north west affected by fruit fly fear they may have to close their businesses under changes to the fruit fly assistance package.

Under the changes - which the Government has confirmed will come into effect on September 28 — farmers will not be compensated for undersold fruit in the market or the disposal of fruit.

The original compensation scheme was rolled out after the pest was discovered in the state's north-west and in the Furneaux Island group earlier this year, sparking what growers have called one of biggest crises to affect growers in the region in over a decade.

The changes were first floated by Fruit Growers of Tasmania President Nic Hansen last week.

At the time, Mr Hansen said the changes would have a big impact on growers.

"When the Government set this package up those points were very critical, as it employs people to continue to do their job," he said.

Read the full article online - ABC News Tasmanian Growers


Published: Thursday 6th September 2018
Author: ABC News
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Last Update: 06-09-2018 09:18