Cherries in short supply leading up to Christmas

Wagga residents may struggle to get their hands on one particularly popular Christmas food this year.

GROWING PROBLEM: NSW Cherry Growers Association vice president and Young cherry farmer Scott Copeland.

GROWING PROBLEM: NSW Cherry Growers Association vice president and Young cherry farmer Scott Copeland.

NSW Cherry Growers Association vice president and Young cherry farmer Scott Copeland said local crops were three weeks behind due to a cool and wet spring.

“Some growers have stated their crops are 60 per cent lighter,” he said.

“That’s been said nationally, but it does depend which orchid you’re looking at.

“My crop isn't too bad, but others tell me they’ve barely had any.”

Mr Copeland said fewer cherries was unlikely to result in a price hike, refuting reports that the popular fruit was set to rise by $5 a kilogram.

“Prices are already high and have remained high for quite a period of time,” he said.

“I’d say they will more than likely to remain at their current levels.

“There's certainly a huge appetite out there for cherries, especially around Christmas time.”

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