The Age

July 8, 2010

TOMATO prices could double or triple in coming months after millions of seedlings were poisoned in an act of mass sabotage in north Queensland.

About 7 million plants, including about 4 million tomato seedlings, have been lost after they were poisoned at a Bowen nursery last month. Other affected crops include capsicum, melons and eggplant.

Bowen Growers Association spokeswoman Denise Kreymborg said the Bowen region was the largest producer of winter vegetables and the poisoning would affect about 30 to 40 growers in the area.

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