It’s been a tough few years for many Australian farmers growing fruit and vegetables across the country.
Volatile weather conditions and supermarket price wars have caused huge damage to farmers’ profits and their industry overall.
With the supermarket giants buying up the majority of the produce, and selling it to customers for competitive prices, it’s no wonder our farmers are doing it tough.
In order for the supermarkets to to be able to sell the produce at a low price point, they have to buy it at an even cheaper rate from the farmers. This has diminished their profit and made it harder for them to make a living doing what they know and love.
So should we all pay a little more at the register to support our farmers and their industry?
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Many shoppers say they would love to be able to do this, as long as they knew it would get back to the farmer, but can’t afford the financial sacrifice.
With statistics showing that many pensioners are doing it tough and living week to week, it’s little wonder they have trouble forking out the money for more expensive produce from fruit and veg stores, where farmers generally make a little more money.
So what is the solution to this problem?
Today we’d like to hear your thoughts on the issue.
Should shoppers pay more for produce to help out Aussie farmers? Who’s responsibility is it to ensure farmers make enough money?