John Maytham received a letter from the shop owner where he usually buys his organic produce notifying customers that about ten suppliers of organic fruits and vegetables are no longer in business.
He speaks to Charl Hubner, owner of Wild Organics, about the challenges that may be facing organic farming.
Hubner says fruits rather than vegetables, have proven to be a challenge to organic farming, because they are area specific. He says two years ago they've lost the only apple producer and no one has replaced them.
Fruit is extremely limited so i can understand why suppliers are looking at bringing in conventional produce into the mix ... it's quite difficult, real fruit producers aren't there anymore.— Charl Hubner, owner of Wild Organics
A lot of people find it easy to plant vegetables in their back yards, while a fruit tree would take a few years before they produce any fruits, says Hubner. The business has too many barriers to entry.
Listen to the full conversation below: