AUSTRALIA: Star fruit thrives after Tropical Cyclone Marcia hit, destroying other crops

The star fruit might be the saving grace for some cyclone-affected farmers in central Queensland.


While many fruit crops were decimated by Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February the unusual fruit, also known as the carambola, seems to be thriving.


Fruit grower Ian Groves’ mango and avocado trees experienced severe damage in the cyclone.


With a major dent in his production potential in the coming months, it has been his star fruit trees that are paying the bills.


“After the cyclone a lot of the leaves came off and pretty much straight away they pushed out a heap of new flowers,” he said.


“We lost the fruit that was on them at the time but… they’re one of those tropical crops that can flower at any time through the year and they respond to environmental situations, they responded well to the cyclone.”


He said the market was not looking for large amounts of the fruit but demand was high enough to take the pressure off as they continued to clean-up the cyclone damage.


“They’re a niche market… it’s not something you can just pack pallets up and send them away so you’ve got to match the numbers we send away to the number our wholesalers can sell,” Mr Groves said.


“It’s a point of minor celebration to get a little bit of fruit into cartons to send away.


“We’re hoping that the markets need a bit.”


Source: ABC Rural

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