Growers underpaid for produce, say farmers

Source: SMH

THE supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles could be paying farmers as little as 35¢ a kilogram for potatoes and pumpkins and selling them for $3 a kilogram, the latest research from the NSW Farmers Association shows.

The association looked at last week’s farm-gate prices for a range of produce, including potatoes, sweet corn, broccoli, tomatoes, carrots and apples to highlight how much supermarket chains pay farmers for their fresh produce.

Their research revealed that farmers were being paid about 40¢ a kilogram for grey pumpkins, which were then being sold on supermarket shelves for as much as $2.78 a kilogram. It was a similar story for tomatoes and carrots.

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