Farmers are warning shoppers of further supply problems and higher prices as vegetable crops are damaged by flooding.
NSW’s latest devastating floods mean even more bad news for the price of leafy greens.
The state’s largest agricultural organization is warning of supply problems in Sydney as crops flood and greenhouses are damaged.
“Certainly some suppliers of some fruits and vegetables in Sydney will be a bit tighter and as supply decreases prices will go up so there will be price implications,” NSW Farmers president James Jackson told news.com.au on Monday.
“I think there will still be deficiencies in your leafy greens and cabbages; cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
“Those types of crops will either be set back in terms of harvest time in my opinion or wiped out.”
He said the supply difficulties and consequent price hikes caused by these current floods are likely to be felt only in Sydney.
Jackson predicted “significant damage” from intense weather in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley.
He explained that thankfully the Lockyer Valley horticulturalists had not been affected this time, which would help avoid a huge impact on stocks, but there were still farmers in the Sydney Basin who had to cope.
“Sydney actually produces a lot of fruits and vegetables,” he said.
“It is not a small production area. It’s small in terms of geographic area, but it’s pretty significant.”
“A billion dollars worth of food comes out of the Sydney Basin,” he added, referring to all agriculture, not just fruits and vegetables. “Certainly some of that will be affected.”
The national vegetable grower’s authority, AusVeg, said it was too early to predict the extent of the damage, but it was another blow to the industry.
“Many growers in Australia, particularly in Queensland and New South Wales, have already experienced severe weather this year,” said AusVeg’s Shaun White.
“Growers across the country are also experiencing sharp increases in production costs, global economic factors and supply chain issues leading to increased costs of critical agricultural inputs including fertilizer, fuel, chemicals due to global shipping problems and the war. on Ukraine, as well as wage pressures due to the labor shortage in Australia.”
News.com.au asked supermarkets Coles, Woolworths and Aldi how the floods were likely to affect product availability and whether suppliers had been affected. Only Aldi has given an update.
“The product restrictions that customers are still experiencing are the result of heavy rainfall earlier this year in major growing areas,” said an Aldi spokesperson. “The current devastating weather systems are not affecting major growing areas at this stage, although we are working with our growers to monitor the situation closely.”
Obviously Coles is currently speaking with supply chain partners to understand the situation.
Fortunately, Jackson’s predicted supply shortages in Sydney may only be temporary, as fresh vegetable availability on the east coast is expected to improve by the end of the month as farmers in southern Queensland recover from flooding earlier in the year.
Due to supply problems and inflation, fruit and vegetable prices in Australia have soared this year.
The well-documented “lettuce crisis” even made international headlines when KFC admitted it was adding cabbage to its burgers because of demand for lettuce.
Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics in March showed that the price of groceries increased by 5.3 percent annually.
Fruit and vegetable prices rose 6.7 percent and meat and seafood prices rose 6.2 percent during the year.
Originally published as farmers warn vegetable prices will rise even higher after Sydney floods