THE national citrus body is calling on supermarkets and consumers to support Australian lemon growers currently affected by the Queensland floods.
Citrus Australia Chief Executive Officer Judith Damiani said the current lemon crop was ready to harvest, but will now be delayed two weeks due to severe inundation across the major growing regions of Central Burnett, which takes in Gayndah, Mundubbera and the Bundaberg area.
Ms Damiani is urging supermarkets to honour their commitment to support Australian farmers and not look overseas to fill the gap.
"Orders placed now to import lemons from California will not arrive for another four to six weeks. By the time they land, Australian producers will be back in full production," she said.
She said fruit quality should not be greatly affected by the floods and that, providing the water keeps moving, trees should not be impacted. The summer lemon harvest is the main source of income for many Queensland citrus growers and this year's lemon crop is set to be one of the biggest seen in the region.
The regional forum due to be held in Gayndah on February 13 will be postponed.