Support for market gardeners

The industry was rocked last month when police raided a major Carabooda tomato producer before inspecting several properties for people working as unlawful citizens.

In a City press release, Deputy Mayor Dot Newton said the industry remained important to the council, community and local economy.

‘Our wonderful city was actually built by pioneering, hard-working, market gardener families,’ she said.

‘As a council we would like to publicly recognise their hard work and the many positive attributes they bring to the city.’

Cr Newton said local growers had developed several farming technologies that were having an effect on the global market.

Wanneroo’s market garden sector generated $46 million in exports and more than $165 million in annual sales in 2012-2013. It also employed about 550 people.