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State government commits $1 million to help struggling strawberry farmers

Macquarie National News

The Queensland government has thrown its financial support behind the state’s crisis-hit strawberry farmers amid the ongoing needle contamination scare.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced $1 million to help strawberry farmers being crippled by the major case of sabotage.

The saga has seen needles hidden in several punnets of the fruit sold across the country.

The Queensland Government says the funding will help promote the quality of local strawberries, boost integrity in the supply chain and help growers through the rest of the season.

The state’s 150 strawberry farmers produce 60 million punnets of the fruit a year worth $160 million.