Bananas smashed in freak storm

Innisfail storm damaged banana crops

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Hail and high winds damaged crops in Innisfail.

Hail and high winds damaged crops in Innisfail.

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Banana growers are counting the cost after a wild storm lashed the Innisfail region last Friday.

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A WILD storm which lashed the Innisfail district last Friday damaged some banana plantations.

High wind gusts up to 90km/h and hail stones damaged crops around the town, with some growers suffering severe damage.

About 25 growers were impacted, with some losing up to 80 per cent of their crop.

Agriculture Minister Mark Furner this week announced that impacted banana producers would be eligible for disaster recovery assistance.

Mr Furner said some plantations at Innisfail sustained damage ranging from minor to severe.

"Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) staff have spoken to impacted growers, inspected crops and report that around 25 growers have suffered at least some damage from the winds which reached 90 kilometres per hour," Mr Furner said.

"Most growers experienced minor damage, but a small number suffered significant damage to their current crop which will take at least eight to 10 months to get back to full production.

"Primary producers affected by a natural disaster can apply for an Individual Disaster Stricken Property (IDSP) declaration.

"An IDSP gives access to freight subsidies up to $5,000 from DAF, and Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) Disaster Assistance loans of up to $250,000 available at a concessional interest rate.

"While this assistance won't make up for the loss of income, these measures will help with repairs."

For more information visit daf.qld.gov.au or call 13 25 23.

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