Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What Price a Spud? Rain Hits Coast's Supply of Fruit and Vegies

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

What Price a Spud? Rain Hits Coast's Supply of Fruit and Vegies

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Byline: Damian bathersby

IT has been the staple of family meals since grandpa was a boy but wet weather has meant even the humble potato is in short supply.

Shoppers who want to put mashed spuds on the menu are being hit in the hip pocket.

Rain in the prime growing regions has doubled a and in some cases tripled a the price of potatoes and other vegetables, including tomatoes, capsicum and zucchinis.

"I've spent my entire life in the fruit and vegie industry and I've never seen it as consistently bad right across the board," John Clinch, the fruit and vegetable manager at The Fruit Shed in Warana, said.

"There's been rain for the last six months from North Queensland down to South Australia and it's affected all growing regions.

"It's starting to ease because the weather is improving but we won't get back to last year's prices in a hurry.''

Mr Clinch said tomatoes from the Bowen region had tripled in price after suffering the double-whammy of wet weather and a poisoning attack.

Apples had also more than doubled in price but there was no apparent reason as they had been in cold storage for months.

"That one's got me stumped," he said. …

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