THE best way consumers can help Queensland's fruit farmers, particularly Bundaberg and North Burnett citrus growers hit by recent floods, is to buy locally grown fruit.
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry John McVeigh is calling on all consumers to buy citrus grown in the Burnett region when they next go grocery shopping.
"Many individual farms in the Bundaberg and North Burnett region have been smashed by the floods, but overall our farm industries need to keep going and they will with our support," Mr McVeigh said.
"I am heartened by the pledge by Woolworths not to turn to imported fruit, but to continue to stock local, Queensland-grown citrus.
"I've called on Coles and other supermarket chains to follow suit and for consumers to look for local, Queensland-grown product.
"Last week I toured the North Burnett region and met with Gayndah citrus growers, some of whom will start picking lemons this week.
"Others I understand around Bundaberg are going to start picking and cleaning fruit for the marketplace, to try to get their businesses producing again and generating cash-flow which has to be good for local jobs and local communities.
"This really is a time for consumers to buy Bundy and Burnett citrus and I call on supermarkets and other retail outlets to do their bit in promoting fruit from the regions.
"This is the best way to help our farmers and their regional economies get up and running again."