Leigh Titmus, managing director of onion exporter Webster Limited, yesterday joined with farming, fruit growing, manufacturing and union leaders in Launceston to plead for the State and Federal Governments' help.
said this was ruinously expensive with the Bass Strait leg accounting for 32 per cent of the cost of sending a container to northern Europe, Japan and Singapore 50 per cent and Hong Kong 45 per cent.
said Tasmania could no longer compete with exporters such as New Zealand.
"We are seriously considering if we will sow onions at all next season," he
said Webster's onions were worth about $5.5 million to Tasmanian farmers and $2.5 million to planting and harvesting contractors, with the packing operation supporting 40 permanent jobs and 200 seasonal jobs.