Vegie prices expected to rise due to flooding of crops

Cauliflower is one of the vegetables costing more in the wake of the recent flood that hit growing areas in Queensland.
Cauliflower is one of the vegetables costing more in the wake of the recent flood that hit growing areas in Queensland. Dave Noonan

IT WON'T be as bad as last year's bananas, but expect a price hike on your vegetables for the next two months thanks to the floods.

Lou Felice of Farmer Lou's said fruit was fine but leafy vegetables would be brought in from Victoria and cost more as a result.

"This time the floods were a little bit less. At this stage it's only the leafy stuff. Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage went up a bit but that won't take that long to recover," he said.

Cauliflowers have gone up from $4 to $7 after the floods, while lettuce is up between 50 cents and a $1.

Karl Causley from Causley Fresh produce said herbs, capsicum, zucchini and cucumber were also up but agreed with Mr Felice that the price jump was down to short-term problems with supply.

"Shoppers would already have seen those things are more expensive than they would be at this time of year but nothing like the massive cyclones a few years back," he said.

While salads might suffer for the near term, Mr Causley warns the citrus supply might drop off just as the vegies pick up.

"The main fruits that may go up are the citrus fruits because Gayndah and Mundubbera are some of the biggest citrus growing areas in Australia. In a month or two when they start to come in we'll notice there's a bit of a shortage," he said.

With extreme weather conditions experienced by much of the country, summer proved as good a growing season as any past, said Mr Causley.

"All in all it's been a good summer for most produce.

"It could have been a lot worse."

Topics:  crab ex-tropical cyclone oswald flood

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