A SIGNIFICANT number of north Queensland Banana farms have been severely damaged, after cyclonic associated with Tropical Cyclone Niran hit on Monday.
Banana crops across the Cassowary Coast and Northern Tablelands have been impacted with some properties around Innisfail – particularly Boogan and Wangan have reported up to 100 per cent losses.
Crop losses of between 20 per cent and 100 per cent have been reported from Fishery Falls, Cowley, Mission Beach and inland across to Walkamin, Atherton Tablelands.
There have been no reports of damage from the Tully Valley or Lakeland, and the southern Tablelands seem to have had only minor damage.
The cyclonic winds come on top of years of low prices and severe worker shortages caused by COVID-19.