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Cyclone Debbie caused over $100m in damages for Australian growers

Growers in Australia’s largest winter cropping region have taken a blow of more than $100 million after Cyclone Debbie ripped through the Bowen Gumlu region this week. Bowen Gumlu Growers Association (BGGA) joined with Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to tour the cyclone ravaged farms once access became available on Thursday morning to estimate the extent of the damage. BGGA Industry Development Officer Cherry Emerick said up to 20% of the regions seedlings were planted in readiness for the season in what

Health conscious consumers turning to beetroot

Health conscious Australians are making beetroot a kitchen staple according to AUSVEG’s Project Harvest consumer research. Interest in beetroot has boomed among shoppers keen on in its nutritional benefits following the vegetables promotion as a ‘superfood’ in Europe. “Beetroot sales are set to soar in the UK to over £1 million per week due to its highly publicised nutritional powers in relation to blood pressure, cholesterol and degenerative disease, and we are seeing a similar trend in Australia, with