Citrus grower vows fight

By STUART CUMMING

EMERALD citrus grower Joe Cordoma will do everything in his power to ensure his livelihood is not destroyed fol- lowing a decision by the National Management Group to support the destruction of all Emerald citrus.

Mr Cordoma said unless canker was detected on his farm or some sort of compensation to recoup growing and maintainence costs was offered, there was "no way'' he was going to let anyone come and destroy what he had worked so hard to achieve.

"I don't care if the National Management Group sat around a table and agreed to destroy all the citrus, it's not their livelihood,'' Mr Cordoma said.

"They get paid at the end of the week and I've got to sweat my guts out for 10 months of the year to produce a crop that they now want to destroy.

"As far as I'm concerned, I've got no canker here and I'm looking at legal advice and everything else in my power to stop them from removing my trees.''

Mr Cordoma said he had an 'awfully big' mortgage and bills to pay and he would not survive with no income for seven or eight years.

He said he realised the importance of eradicating canker for the Australian citrus industry but needed compensation for his losses.



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