LOSS: farmer Paul Shoker assessing the damage on his farm with Amarjot Khatker in West Korora.
LOSS: farmer Paul Shoker assessing the damage on his farm with Amarjot Khatker in West Korora. Claudia Jambor

East Coast Low wipes out local crops

FARMS along the Coffs Coast were among the hardest hit by the East Coast Low at the weekend.

More than 50% of banana farmer, Paul Shoker's, crop was damaged by the storm in West Korora.

"In dollar terms, it is an income loss of about $150,000 plus," Mr Shoker told The Advocate.

The long road to recovery has begun for Mr Shoker, who predicted the clean up will take up to three weeks.

"We are paying wages for people to help clean us up as opposed to them harvesting and making income from that," he said.

"Longer term, we will get back on our feet in about two and a half years. The more immediate concern would be maintaining staffing levels to make sure that they have a job."

Upholding a positive attitude, Mr Shoker remains resilient moving forward and said sometimes 'it's a hit you need to take'.

Sandy Beach farmer, Amarjot Khatkar's was also impacted by the storm. He said the conditions would have been disastrous for most crops.

To report farm damage, phone the Local Land Service on 1300 795 299.