Tomato growers fear 'FMD of horticulture'

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Tomato growers fear the "foot and mouth of horticulture" will enter
New Zealand because of more imports from Australia.

Tomato growers fear the "foot and mouth of horticulture" will enter New Zealand because of more imports from Australia, the New Zealand Herald newspaper writes on Monday. According to the paper growers have raised concerns about a proposal before the Ministry of Agriculture to allow imports of four more varieties of Australian tomatoes that could bring in exotic fruit flies - a problem in some of Australia's main tomato-growing regions. "We believe the system is such that any likelihood of Queensland fruit fly getting established in New Zealand through imported tomatoes is approaching zero,"​ said Richard Ivess, director of plants biosecurity at the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, New Zealand Agricuture​ The paper continued that quarantine authority Biosecurity Australia said it would set up a committee of experts to analyse import risks and review all information used in a draft report.

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