March 22, 1972: Record tomato picking

June 26, 2017

Undera North tomato grower Pino Lagozzino reckons he's got a pretty good picker in 35-year-old Queenslander Randolph Massardi.

Last Thursday Randolph turned in an 'iron man' feat when he picked 248 cases of tomatoes in a 10 hour day.

Both Randolph and his boss said they hadn't heard of any better effort although they weren't claiming it as a record.

Randolph's effort, his best tomato picking effort yet, earned him just over $60 for one day's work.

Randolph did admit, though, that the picking at Pino's was pretty easy because of this size of the tomatoes.

Last week Randolph averaged just on 2000 cases a day, earning $250 for the week.

He has been a seasonal worker ever since he arrived in Australia about ten years ago, dividing his year between cutting sugar cane in Mossman, Queensland, in winter and picking tomatoes in the Goulburn Valley in summer.

Anyone who thought Randolph is saving badly for something would be quite right, because next week he's going back to the town of Biella near Turin, in Northern Italy, to re-join his wife and young daughter whom he hasn't seen for three years.

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