Fresh fruit and vegetable prices at Queensland supermarkets could skyrocket if farm labour shortages are not urgently addressed.
Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett and Shadow Minister for Rural and Regional Affairs Dale Last have urgently met with the state’s largest producers in a bid to help find a solution.
“There’s just not enough people out here on Queensland farms picking fruit,” Mr Last said.
“If farmers can’t get labour they won’t plant the crops.
“This will devastate rural communities. Consumers will also be hit hard at their local supermarket. Grocery prices will rise.”
Mr Perrett said families face the prospect of having to rely on imported food or pay significantly more for Aussie produce.
“Queensland’s reputation as a reliable exporter of quality food is on the line,” Mr Perrett said.
“The state government must head out here and work to find a solution.
“Doing nothing will be devastating for producers, families and the economy.”