WOOLWORTHS has confirmed it will support Australian citrus growers affected by the Queensland floods.
The supermarket giant has confirmed it will not import fruit to fill any resulting supply gaps.
The bulk of this year’s lemon crop is ready to harvest, but may be delayed due to severe flooding across the major growing regions of Central Burnett - which takes in Gayndah, Mundubbera and Bundaberg.
Head of fresh fruit and vegetables Paul Harker said usually the Australian market was supplemented with US lemons for 10 weeks of the year to meet demand.
"The Australian lemon season usually kicks off this week,'' he said.
"While there may be a slight delay in supply in Australian lemons due to the floods, we have decided we will not order additional US lemons to ensure Australian growers get the best access to our customers.
"We are working closely with our growers in flood-affected regions to ensure that delicious Australian lemons will be arriving in stores across the country very soon.''
Citrus Australia has welcomed the announcement and support from Woolworths.
Citrus Australia chief executive Judith Damiani said the move would mean a lot to flood affected growers in the Central Burnett and Bundaberg area.
"We are very pleased to work closely with the Woolworths team to support our growers during this difficult time,'' she said.