Riverland growers in Australia call for financial support

Fresh Grape
Innovation & Technology
Published Feb 23, 2024

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Australian grapegrowers in the Riverland region are facing a crisis due to an oversupply of red winegrapes, low prices, and cancelled contracts with wineries. They are seeking urgent financial support, bill and loan repayment relief, and a halt on new vineyard plantings. Riverland Wine, representing over 930 growers and 30 wineries, is set to present these suggestions to local, state, and federal governments. The Riverland region is known globally for its adaptable wine production and high-demand wine experiences.
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Riverland grapegrowers are calling for urgent financial support measures to save the local industry. This follows an emotion-charged meeting of about 175 Riverland grapegrowers and industry and government representatives in Barmera last night to discuss the future of the local industry. The oversupply of red winegrapes, low grape prices and cancelled contracts with wineries is pushing many local growers to the wall. “The situation is desperate and there were some growers last night saying it was difficult putting food on the table, let alone pick grapes and try and sell them for a price which will cost them money, not earn them a cent,” Riverland Wine executive officer Lyndall Rowe says. “They fear the Riverland will be decimated with growers pulling out of the industry because they can’t afford to grow grapes anymore, leaving the region as a series of ghost towns for our youth. “It was clear they need support, while medium and longer-term strategies to raise the region’s profile, ...
Source: Wbmonline
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