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Rain, hail and humidity destroy cherry crops just a week from Christmas


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 million.

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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(ABC News  21/12/2018)