It's continuing to be a tough season for Carnarvon banana growers, who are still feeling the effects of a heat wave earlier in the year that cooked many crops.

Doriana Mangili from the Sweeter Banana Co-operative says a combination of poor weather and high water salinity in the region has led to record low production and small fruit.

"The volumes are low compared to what we'd normally be getting at this time of year, certainly not as bad as they were during our winter months, but it's been our lowest year on record at the moment."

But Ms Mangili says she's still hopeful of a turn around in production and the Co-op is diversifying, using their smaller and marked fruit to produce banana bread.

"We took 120 loaves to the Perth Royal Show and we had really great feedback. We know people want local products and a lot of people will turn over and check the labels."

A key concern for all growers in the Carnarvon region is access to water, with the mighty Gascoyne River nothing but a wide sandy bed.

WA Water Minister Terry Redman last week announced that a second round of relief water would be made available for growers immediately.

Ms Mangili says it was very welcome news.

"We're obviously in a lot of trouble on the river with a lack of water. What we really need is a nice fresh river to wash some of the salt away.

"I'm hoping we get a wet summer so we can get a river but no floods, that'd be perfect."


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