When you can’t see the farmer in the next block
Farmingdale is one of the poorest areas in New South Wales and the region has experienced a severe drought.
The region is in the middle of the country’s worst drought in decades.
But the region’s main supermarket, Banbridge, is now selling produce at a loss as the drought worsens.
The supermarket has sold off produce at more than 70 per cent below its market value, and the price of produce has also risen by nearly 60 per cent in just two weeks.
“It’s hard for us, especially farmers, to make a living in this drought,” said Mr Scott.
“We’re going to continue to sell our produce to farmers at the price that we’re selling them.”
The supermarket said the price rise was driven by rising demand for its produce, particularly apples and berries.
“As demand increases, prices rise,” said Banbridge general manager, Chris Wilson.
“And that’s what we’re seeing.”
He said it was not unusual for prices to go up on produce during a drought.
“In a drought, when the market conditions are bad, prices will go up,” he said.
“But during a good drought, prices don’t go up.”
Farmers who have lost cash to the drought are not happy about the move.
“You’re taking all the money out of my pocket and you’re giving it to the farmer who has already spent it,” farmer Tim MacKenzie said.
Mr MacKelly said the banbridge store was being used as a “farmhouse”.
“There’s nothing in there that’s going to benefit us, and it’s a loss to the community,” he added.
Mr Wilson said the store had sold fruit and vegetables at a profit in recent months.
“When we sold our produce, we had to cut prices to maintain our profitability,” he told the ABC.
“Because of the high costs of the produce, it has to be at a discount to what the farmer is going to pay.”
The Banbridge store’s prices have risen by almost 60 per to 70 per per cent over two weeks, according to Mr Wilson.
Banbridge’s chief operating officer, David Johnson, said the decision to raise prices was made at the end of the drought, but there were no immediate plans to stop the increase.
“Banbridge is committed to continuing to deliver quality food and our customers are very happy with the food we sell, particularly for the prices we’re offering,” he wrote on the Banbridge website.
Farmers in the region have been hit hard by the drought and many have struggled to make ends meet. “
These changes will ensure that the Banfield stores food products continue to be affordable to customers and the Banfields customers.”
Farmers in the region have been hit hard by the drought and many have struggled to make ends meet.
The drought has also affected farming in nearby Victoria, where prices are already at record lows.
Mr Johnson said the Banford store would continue to offer high quality food at lower prices.
“Our farmers in Victoria are not experiencing drought, they’re experiencing a very challenging time right now,” he explained.
“So we want to give them the best possible food and we want them to keep their prices low.”
He also said Banford was committed to supporting farmers and the local community.
“While there’s a lot of stress and a lot on the shoulders of farmers in the local area, we will continue to deliver a product at a low price, with a high quality product, that will help our local community,” Mr Johnson added.
The Banford supermarket is the latest supermarket to announce it will no longer stock produce due to drought conditions.
The Australian Woolworths (AW) supermarket in Victoria has also announced it will not stock produce during the drought.