The Florida peach industry is reeling after a propeller depot that had just received an order for 10,000 barrels of peach water went belly up.
The depot, which serves as a temporary home for the Florida Peach Growers Cooperative, was supposed to deliver the water to the company’s peach processing plant in Titusville, but the propeller was delivered to the depot before the contract was awarded.
As a result, Peach Grower Co. received only 1,100 barrels of water.
It was the second time in less than a month that the depot’s supply had gone down, and the loss is a reminder that Florida Peach growers are under constant pressure to deliver water.
Peach growers rely on this water to produce and distribute their produce.
“It’s unfortunate that we’ve had two of our suppliers go down,” said Debbie Cappello, the head of the Peach Growergirls Association.
“We don’t want our growers to go down like this.”
The peach industry needs more water, but Peach Growermasters say it’s critical that farmers be able to keep up with demand.
For years, the industry has relied on small-scale farmers who have had to purchase their own irrigation systems to meet growing demands.
They’ve also relied on the government for assistance.
Last year, the state allocated $2 million to assist Florida Peach farmers with irrigation and water systems.
But many peach growers say that’s not enough.
“We’re not getting what we need,” said Steve Seltzer, the president of the Florida Growers Association.
Seltzer said that in order to stay competitive, growers need to be able keep up their irrigation and provide a consistent supply.
The Peach GrowERS Association, a coalition of growers and peach growers, is asking for $2.5 million from the state to help with the delivery of water and other supplies.
While the growers association is calling for an increase in funding, it’s not the only group asking for assistance from the federal government.
On Wednesday, the Department of Agriculture awarded $3 million to help pay for irrigation systems for farmers.