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Blueberry Pie Anyone?

TV1 News had an item on the Blueberry Harvest last night, there being very little else to report other than the road toll.  Now if there is one niche crop in this country that  should be relatively happy with itself, then it ought to be Blueberries.  I am not an authoritative Blueberry expert, so I will not quote detailed data – but

  • local Blueberry consumption is increasing at a rate of knots
  • export markets exist and and have the ability to absorb more fruit
  • Blueberries are being  linked to a variety of well being and health enhancing properties with the science community actually supporting any marketing message growers care to develop.

But what happens?  The Blueberry grower interviewed in the news item chooses to focus on a dooms day scenario and expresses his fears of being wiped out “next year” by cheap Chilean imports.  Give me strength!


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