NZ growers may gain from rain

CLAIRE ROGERS
Last updated 08:19 06/02/2013

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Shoppers could be paying more for vegetables such as tomatoes and courgettes in a few months thanks to the Queensland floods squeezing supplies and pushing up prices.

But the floods could also be an opportunity for our exporters, who stand to earn more filling any supply shortages across the ditch.

In winter 2011 tomato prices in New Zealand reached a record price of $13.25 a kilogram, after floods in late 2010 and earlier that year pinched off usual winter supplies from Australia.

Horticulture NZ chief executive Peter Silcock said the extent of the damage to crops from this year's floods was still unknown.

Imported veges from Australia such as tomatoes, capsicums and courgettes typically arrived in New Zealand in April and May. Fairfax NZ

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