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Goulburn Valley fruit growers forced to decide on the future

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Over 130 Goulburn Valley fruit growers will attend the first of two mass meetings today to discuss their future as the orchardists will have no income from SPC Ardmona after Wednesday.

A decision from SPC Ardmona to no longer take the growers produce will come into effect mid week forcing farmers to decide whether to leave the industry, or diversify according to abc.net.au

The strong Australian dollar and falling export markets are being blamed for the decision.

The meetings will be held at Shepparton today and Cobram on Tuesday.

Growers are expected to apply for a federal government restructure package to provide assistance to those left without income.

Image courtesy of Jeen Na via Flickr

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