AUSVEG CEO Richard Mulcahy has endorsed Assistant Treasurer Bill Shorten’s comments that no increase in the importation of vegetables was needed due to the ongoing floods in a number of states around Australia.
“Australia already imports too many vegetables as it is. There is no justification to further increase imports as a result of the floods,” Mr Mulcahy said.
“We need to keep the pressure on retailers at all levels not to take advantage of this situation and mislead consumers into thinking that there is a massive shortage in supply. I would encourage consumers to shop around to avoid being taken advantage of by those who might exploit the current situation,” he added.
“We are currently experiencing some pressures on supply, however, by no means is there a need to import more vegetables. Australian growers can still meet demand”, Mr Mulcahy said.
AUSVEG is the national peak industry body representing the interests of over 9,000 Australian vegetable and potato growers.