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Cyclone Debbie hits Queensland farmers hard, hundreds of millions in crops lost


The full extent of the agricultural losses in north-east Queensland has started to emerge as communication and access to farmers is gradually restored.

Canegrowers around Prosperpine and Mackay, and the horticulture industry at Bowen - including tomato, capsicum and eggplant producers - have been the hardest hit.

The Queensland Farmers Federation (QFF) said early figures show actual crop damage to Bowen's vegetable industry is about $100 million, accounting for about 20 per cent of the season's crop.

Global warming at work right now, more extreme weather more often.

Key Points

  • Early figures show crop damage to Bowen's vegetable industry around $100 million, QFF says
  • Supermarket prices are expected to rise in May or June
  • Initial estimates show value of sugarcane crop lost about $150 million, Canegrowers says
  • Tropical Cyclone Debbie made landfall between Bowen, Proserpine and Mackay as a destructive category four system on Tuesday, with violent winds and torrential rain.


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