Berry farmers battered by hail ... again

FOR the second time in as many months, Coffs Coast blueberry growers have been left counting the costs of heavy rain and hail.

Growers in the North Corindi area were this morning assessing the damage from last night's storm that destroyed protective netting covering plants.

"It's the second time in about five weeks we've been hit," Mr Singh said.

"Most of the damage occurred to growers in the northern Corindi area - we've been very unlucky this season."

Yesterday's storm follows an estimated $30 million damage bill caused by storms on September 17 that saw affected growers lose around 60-70% of their fruit.

Mr Singh said insurance coverage would not cover the full extent of damage.

The Department of Primary Industries has yet to inform growers if they are eligible for Natural Disaster Relief Assistance from the State Government.