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The fruits and vegetables tipped to fall in price this Christmas

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Border restrictions and business closures have had an enormous impact on Queensland farmers, resulting in an oversupply of produce.

Border restrictions and business closures have had an enormous impact on Queensland farmers, resulting in an oversupply of produce.

It is expected to impact the price of fruit and vegetables this Christmas, with some produce predicted to be scarce.

Producer wholesaler Noel Greenhalgh said closures of businesses such as restaurants and pubs had affected demand.

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Border restrictions and business closures have had an enormous impact on Queensland farmers, resulting in an oversupply of produce.

"It's quite extraordinary," Mr Greenhalgh said.

"The amount of food cruise ships take out of Australia on a weekly basis is quite astronomical."

While shoppers have been guaranteed there will be no shortage of summer fruits on our Christmas table this year, there are no promises on prices, with a number of factors coming into play.

"The major factor that we're faced with in this industry right now, that's a huge headache is the lack of labour," Mr Greenhalgh said.

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Border restrictions and business closures have had an enormous impact on Queensland farmers, resulting in an oversupply of produce.

Armstrong Grows produce wholesaler Lachlan Armstrong said orchard-based fruits would be "pretty competitive" in price.

For stone fruits, including peaches, nectarines and cherries, prices are expected to be relatively low.

But veggies like celery, capsicum, beans and tomatoes could increase with a drop in supply.

"We'll just have to wait and see what prices do with those," Mr Armstrong said.

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Border restrictions and business closures have had an enormous impact on Queensland farmers, resulting in an oversupply of produce.

While mangoes crops will be closely monitored.

"Mango crop in north Queensland might be slightly lower than normal," Mr Greenhalgh said.

"It would be great if everyone could get out there and support your fruit shops and your restaurants and stuff as well," Mr Armstrong said.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/queensland-news-fruit-and-vegetable-suppliers-have-oversupply-of-stock/27a9d7df-abec-4c47-aec5-d538b93741bd

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