The Australian Banana Growers’ Council (ABGC) expects little impact on the key growing regions from Cyclone Debbie.
“With predictions that the cyclone will hit landfall along the Whitsunday coastline, the worst of the impact will be south of the more heavily banana focussed growing regions,” said acting ABGC Chairperson, Ben Franklin.
“So while the key growing regions in Northern Queensland will escape Cyclone Debbie’s wrath, we would urge caution over subsequent days, to all growers, given the unpredictable nature of a weather event such as this.
“Our growers have lived through many cyclones and know too well the impact they have. They are also very well prepared in terms of what’s required in the build-up,” Mr Franklin said.
“We will certainly be hoping that those farmers around Mackay and Ayr come through the next 24 hours with minimal damage.”