Cherry regions across Australia have been hit with heavy rain, hail and
humidity, ruining large amounts of fruit just a week out from Christmas.
The Orange region in New South Wales has been declared an agricultural
natural disaster zone as the damage bill from a massive hail storm reached $4
Cherry, flower, apple and stone fruit crops throughout the region were
damaged extensively by a hail storm.
Minister for Primary Industries Niall Blair said affected growers could now
apply for low interest loans of up to $130,000 to repair damage.
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