They take care and patience to grow. With changing climate Heat, Rains, Winds makes it a challenge. At one point the heat went to 51C in the growing pods – how can anything survive this? The flowers die and they are needed to grow the tomatoes. Too hot even for the bees to pollinate.
So if there are no tomato flowers and the tomatoes won’t get pollinated which in turn means that the fruits won’t form. The tomato flowers encourage the bee to land on the flower and vibrate its wings thereby shaking the pollen from the anthers onto it’s legs.
So the tomatoes this week from Nymboida above Coffs Harbour are a bit of a miracle. They have had a stop start journey in growing. Thanks to the persistance of our farmers we have in our kitchen delicious, juicy cherry tomatoes.
Banana Growers at Coffs Harbour were smashed last weekend, with some banana growers losing all or part of their trees. That’s a big blow: it takes about 8-9 months to re-grow the runners and have fruit ready to harvest.
For once, the show is on the other foot: over the past 10 years, North-Queensland banana growers have been wiped out twice in the last
decade: first in 2006 (cyclone Larry) and then again in 2011 (cyclone Yasi).
In 2014, cyclone Ita threatened for a while before it was downgraded to a category 4 storm.
During both cyclone disasters, Coffs Harbour growers (as well as growers in Carnarvon in WA) did stiff business when bananas retailed for well over $10 a Kg.
As Coffs Harbour accounts for less than 10% of national banana volume, and as not all growers have been impacted, we’re not expecting significant price movements. So, Coffs bananas will at times suffer from limited availability.