Future of Karragullen orchard, Di Marco and Sons in doubt

Ripe for disaster... fruit growers John and Danny Di Marco, of Karragullen. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d429143
Ripe for disaster... fruit growers John and Danny Di Marco, of Karragullen. Picture: Marcelo Palacios d429143

DANNY Di Marco and his brother John said the future of Di Marco and Sons, the Karragullen orchard their grandfather cleared 81 years ago, was 'up in the air'.

‘I’ve told my son he’s going to have to look for an apprenticeship,’ Danny said.

‘I don’t want to bring the kids into this because we don’t know what the future holds without full implementation of AWM.

‘We can take a hit for one season but the second year, we would be looking at getting out.’

Mr Di Marco said 90 per cent of the stonefruit, apples and pears produced in the region went to the Canning Vale wholesale market.

From there, it went to WA supermarkets and fruit and vegetable shops.

Only about 10 per cent was exported to the Asian market.

‘The blossoms and fruit each year are a drawcard for people from the city,’ he said.

‘People turn up here to take photos each season.

‘We produce the beauty and the food but there is a cost’