CROPS BATTERED: Corindi blueberry grower Harpal Virk assesses the damage from a recent storm.
CROPS BATTERED: Corindi blueberry grower Harpal Virk assesses the damage from a recent storm. David Barwell

Growers asked to report hailstorm damage

NORTH Coast Local Land Services is currently assessing agricultural damage and impacts following recent hailstorms in the Corindi area.

Growers are requested to provide details of any storm damage including crop losses.

North Coast Local Land Services and Department of Primary Industries staff have commenced assessing the damage by meeting with growers and major grower groups to assess the impact on crops.

Growers are encouraged to call North Coast Local Land Services on 1300 795 299 to report the damage to crops and infrastructure.

These reports will assist in preparing an accurate estimation of the total costs to the various industries in the area.

"We are aware that there are a number of blueberry orchards in that region that have been affected but we would like to speak to more growers to gain an understanding of the full extent of damage and to determine the area affected," nanager biosecurity and emergency services, Jo McGoldrick, said.

North Coast Local Land Services will collate all reports of damage and an Agriculture Natural Disaster Report will be submitted to the Department of Primary Industries.

Last week's storm follows an estimated $30 million damage bill caused by storms on September 17 that saw affected growers lose around 60-70% of their fruit.



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