Bushfire tears through innovative ladyfinger banana plantation Natural Evolution

Posted December 03, 2018 10:32:15

Photo: A bushfire tore through the banana plantation at Walkamin, destroying several hectares of fruit. (Supplied: Natural Evolution Foods)

A bushfire has ripped through one of the country’s largest ladyfinger banana farms, Rob and Krista Watkins’ award winning farm at Walkamin, west of Cairns, destroying its crop and more than a hundred acres of surrounding bushland.

Rob Watkins said its factory was not damaged.

The couple were the first in the country to turn rejected green bananas into a gluten-free flour as well as skin products, establishing a factory on their property.

They now export their products around the world under their Natural Evolution Foods label.

Photo: Rob Watkins says the fire that tore through his banana plantation was “super-charged”. (ABC Rural: Charlie McKillop)

Mr Watson said he was in Brisbane at the time of the blaze and his father, Bruce, fought off the flames.

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