Thousands of avocados dumped in South West due to massive oversupply

Thousands of avocados have been dumped at the Manjimup tip. PIC: Manjimup Uncensored/Facebook

Avocado growers in the South West have been forced to dump their fruit due to a huge oversupply and a lack of workers.

A photo posted to Facebook by Save our Donnelly River shows thousands of avocados rotting at the Manjimup tip.

The bumper crop season paired with labour shortages due to the COVID-19 pandemic means avocados with minor blemishes that would make it onto supermarket shelves in previous years are now being dumped.

The oversupply is bringing down the prices of avocados with a 5.5kg tray now selling for just $18 compared to $50 last year.

According to ABC News, 8.2 million trays of avocados are expected to be picked in WA this season — a 233 per cent increase on last year's crop.

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