Storm wreaks havoc on local macadamia farms
MACADAMIA farmers in Dunoon, Numulgi, Eureka and Rosebank have been smashed by last Sunday's supercell storm.
Numulgi macadamia grower Richard Doggett was one of about 50 maca farmers hit by the storm, who watched in despair as it cut a destructive swathe through his property.
"A lot of our windbreak trees were just blown and uprooted in one section; it's quite extraordinary," Mr Doggett said.
"You can see where the trees were just pulled out in a line."
Mr Doggett said out of his 2000 trees, close to 700 were damaged and many of the nuts maturing for harvest in March were knocked off.
Australian Macadamia Society CEO Jolyon Burnett said another Numulgi farmer had seen half of his 4000 trees damaged and lost more than 80% of his crop.
The Australian Macadamia Society is helping growers tally the damage to see whether the sector can qualify for government disaster relief in the wake of the storm.
"The hard thing is they've put in all the inputs at this point of the season ... spent thousands of dollars growing the nuts, but they're not going to get any of the return," Mr Burnett said. Expectations for the overall harvest in 2016 remain high, however.