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Australia: Past ‘Farmers of the Year’ reflect on success ahead of 2020 awards

Australian potato farmers Susie and Gerard Daly were named Farmers of the Year in 2019, and the exposure from the win has boosted their business. Jane McNaughton reports for ABC Rural.

The family runs a potato farm in Dunalley, on Tasmania’s south-east coast, and has spent the past couple of months ramping up their business amid increasing demand due to COVID-19.

“For us it’s been a godsend, in that people are staying at home and cooking so we saw the fresh potato market increase by 40 per cent nationally in the first month of the epidemic,” Ms Daly said. “It is back to normal now, but we’re doing well and we’re happy with that.”

The Daly family said they are not “competition-enterers”, so they were surprised but pleased to find out they’d been crowned winners, after their daughter nominated them for the award.

“I encourage anybody to apply for it because it

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